The Piano Prowess of Martino Tirimo
Piano master Martino Tirimo (b. 1942, Lanarca, Cyprus) has enjoyed a tremendous career that currently spans over forty years. He has performed all over Europe and North America and has released over fifty recordings. Tirimo continues to perform to enrapt audiences and is actively engaged in teaching, holding faculty positions throughout the United Kingdom and having taught master classes in countries ranging geographically from the United States to Israel. His performance repertoire encompasses the whole of the Classical tradition, from Bach to the twentieth century.
Tirimo recently gave a concert at London’s legendary Barbican Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, held in honor of the closing of Cyprus’ six-month term as President of the European Union. Under the astute direction of Nikos Christodoulou, Martino Tirimo and orchestra delivered a thrilling program which included two orchestrated arrangements of Claude Debussy‘s Préludes (Bruyères and Danseuses de Delphes), Beethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, the Entracte from Schubert‘s Rosamunde, and Octana by 41-year old Cypriot composer Andreas Moustoukis. The program was met with rave applause and Musical Opinion – Britain’s oldest Classical music magazine – gave it a wonderful review in its March-April 2013 issue, calling Tirimo “a true giant of the keyboard” with “a list of accomplishments long enough to fill a book.” The review went on to praise “such a wonderfully fresh and vibrant Emperor Concerto” and the pianist’s thoughtful treatment and mastery of his subject matter. “Audiences are missing out on these treasurable qualities,” and concert booking management “should take all necessary steps to ensure that his manifest talents are allowed to be heard in full flow.”
We are honored to have several recordings by this remarkable pianist on our alto imprint, in recordings of solo piano, piano and orchestra, and as a member of the Rosamunde Trio, the chamber group he co-founded in 2002.
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This four-disc set (also available as digital download) of the complete Claude Debussy for solo piano contains the Debussy works performed at the Barbican. This reference-quality set was praised by Gramophone magazine (“this may tey prove to be one of the finest Debussy cycles on record”) and the Penguin Guide (“Probably first choice for those wanting a modern digital recording offering the complete set”). An astounding collection, a must-have.
Also, the Debussy Complete Préludes are available as a single album, containing many of the composer’s most beloved works.
Tirimo’s recording of Chopin‘s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (the only two he composed) is considered one of the best recordings of these works, earning a top Three-Star review from the Penguin Guide. Likewise, he demonstrates his deft control of the keyboard on Mozart‘s Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 22, the former being one of Mozart’s most popular works, the latter one of his most accomplished. Tirimo shines on both of these albums, and on the Mozart he even directs the Prague Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard.
In 2002, Martino Tirimo formed the Rosamunde Trio with cellist (and longtime friend and collaborator) Daniel Veis and violinist Ben Sayevich. Together they have toured Europe and the United States to great acclaim, and in 2012 performed a complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Trios at Kings Place in conjunction with the London Chamber Music Society. These two albums have greatly enjoyable and popular piano trios by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Dvorak, both released for the first time ob alto. The Dvorak has been praised by MusicWeb International: “The players deftly navigate through the perfect storm of the [Op. 65] first movement, with one emotional climax following another. And not just navigate: they are the creators of this storm, whipping the sea. Blow, ye winds!” The trio’s performance is so thrilling that (of the Dumky trio) the reviewer comments that “it has gold where others have quicksilver.” These chamber works are sure to please.