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MARTINO'S MAGNIFICENT MOZART
Now I move on to more serious music making by one of the world's top class
pianists, Martino Tirimo, about whom I could write reams following his complete
Schubert, Beethoven, Robert and Clara Schumann. He is now giving his services
with equal distinction to the solo piano works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- at
the same venue, Cadogan Hall, in the course of eight evening recitals on 26 January,
6 and 19 May, 7 June, 3 and 18 October, 1 November and 1 December 2006. As a combined
feat of endless research, authority, memory and stamina, it already promises to be
high on anybody's 'wants' list.
I queried the supposed presence of the BBC, and knowing the Tirimo popular image
as a pianist broadcaster in Schubert, Debussy, Tippett and so on, their expected
enthusiasm. The reply, via producer Adam Gatehouse, was typically non-productive:
'Oh, I think we have enough Mozart programmes. Do we really want any more?'
The important fact to cherish is that this is most likely the very first time where
every single solo piano work by Mozart will be included in any recital series. Out of
interest, I made comparisons with Walter Gieseking's Mozart eight CD set on Columbia-EMI,
recorded over an extended period in 1953/4. It doesn't include the so-called 'Das
Londoner Notenbuch' or London Chelsea Notebook K15 written when he was eight years old.
Tirimo will include these in each of his recitals, and quotes 1908 as the publishing
date totalling 39 pieces in the state of completion. Throughout his copious and informed
notes he writes fascinatingly not only on the works themselves, but also about the
circumstances of the Mozart family during their tours and travels.
Copyright © 21 February 2006
Bill Newman, Edgware, Middlesex