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The only modern piece in the programme was dedicated to Tirimo. Giorgos
Koumendakis' Daring Combinations received its first performance.
Preludes one (for the left hand), two and three (Re-Approach), together
with A Cormorant for Iannis Xenakis, are all very short. Symmolpa
-- the harmonic consonance and simultaneous sounding of two or more voices
of instruments -- is longer and more involved. One admires the diatonic,
bird-like figuration in the first four, then the chromatic writing of the
final number. The word 'daring', by the way, denotes the process of 'decomposition'
in the context of harmony, rhythms, colour and expression. Ask me for an
accurate assessment of music heard just once, and I plead for another run-through.
Whether there are allegiances to Olivier Messiaen or to the Greek composers
Skalkottas and Theodorakis, I cannot say. I've previously experienced difficulties
listening to Xenakis's music at the Berlin Festival!
Chopin formed the recital's second half. Three Mazurkas : C sharp
minor Op 50 No 3, C major Op 56 No 2 and F sharp minor Op 59 No 3. Tirimo
writes of 'imaginative canons, apparent simplicity of almost diatonic writing,
and the special, infectious rhythms', which expresses exactly how he played
these miniature masterworks. His distinctly stylised, accented playing and,
where required, fleeting, half-toned phrasing (Op 59 No 3 providing the
fastest fingerwork of the evening), was a total joy.
The Scherzo in E major is the least played of Chopin's four. I like the
reference to 'seriousness, solemnity and sadness' in place of any so called
'humour' or 'amusement'. Pianists all too often fall into the trap of making
this proud, noble work sound a cheap, dexterous exercise. In contrast, Tirimo,
with shades of Rubinstein, gave an outstanding performance, in line with
his Schumann C major Fantasie, heard earlier in 2002.
Instead of the Grande Polonaise in A flat major, perhaps the Tarantella
would have been a wiser choice. But we had three glorious Waltz encores,
including the ever-popular A flat major.
Throughout the evening, one was consistently aware that this supreme
musician placed himself entirely at the service of the composer and the
printed score. The audience response to this communicator of the highest
calibre was rapturous, and the queue stretching back from the Bechstein
Room afterwards was the longest of the season!
Copyright © 3 January 2003
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
MARTINO TIRIMO IN CONVERSATION WITH BILL NEWMAN
TIRIMO PLAYS MUSIC BY CLARA AND ROBERT SCHUMANN
BILL NEWMAN'S BERLIN FESTIVAL DIARY
THE WIGMORE HALL
Martino Tirimo performs at various locations in the UK over the coming months :
On 23 January 2003 he plays Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin in Worcester's . Schubert and Chopin also feature in his recitals at the in Glasgow (9 February), at (15 February) and on 14 March at , where he'll also play music by Debussy.
On 28 March 2003 Tirimo returns to Worcestershire to play Mozart's K503 Concerto with the at The Forum in Malvern.