The Great Piano Quintets
Following the enormous success of the Schubert series, in 2016 Martino turns his attention to something totally different - the Piano Quintet! A rare and most unusual series of five concerts at St. John's Smith Square, will be devoted to the great Piano Quintets and will be given by 'Martino Tirimo and friends'.
'Friends' are several distinguished string quartets such as the Carducci and Fitzwilliam Quartets, as well as Germany's Minguet Quartet who recently were awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or. Also taking part is Martino's own Rosamunde Trio and a number of other outstanding musicians such as violinists Philippe Graffin and Lucy Russell and violists Paul Silverthorne and Vladimir Mendelssohn.
Martino is particularly delighted that Vladimir Mendelssohn will be the violist at the first concert since the programme will include the powerfully emotional Quintet of Schnittke and Vladimir was a close friend of the composer.
The first three concerts are as follows:
Schubert: The Great Piano Works
“Tirimo has the uncanny ability to make the audience feel it is in the very presence of the composer.
Schubert reveals himself to a great degree in his piano pieces, writing them throughout his brief life. Hence he places every kind of emotion into the music. Tirimo replicates these utterly human feelings. He brings a remarkable clarity of thought, an empathy for Schubert's wondrous music and an architectural understanding so that the composer's often original structures become clear yet still intrigue in their innovation.
From Tirimo Schubert is elevated to the very greatest level in music. A visit to the Rembrandt exhibition at the National Gallery allows an exploration of the link between these two geniuses, where all humanity seems to flow from their individual creativity. Tirimo is one of the very few interpreters of Schubert who suggests this comparison.”
Classical Source, January 2015 - read full review
Schubert Piano Sonatas boxed set
Warners have released an 8-CD boxed set (formerly on EMI) of all 21 Sonatas played by Martino Tirimo, and the set is offered at a special low price.
“An inspiring poet of the piano... a pianist of vision...
his playing is among the most haunting and fascinating of all.”
There are details of his recordings with audio samples you can listen to, such as playing: