Martino Tirimo

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Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas (Regis)

“A major and delightful project. Tirimo is expertly recorded in the Mendelssohn Saal of the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He brings out the essence of the music, nothing being allowed to come between the composer and us.
There are several recommendable complete, or nearly complete, cycles of Mozart's solo piano oeuvre, among which Tirimo's series looks bound to rank very high. There is distinction in abundance in what we are given here, on discs which are generously full. and excellently recorded”  
International Record Review (5 stars)

“The opening movements of the C major [Sonata], K279, and the D major, K284, are delivered with a forceful articulation similar to Barenboim's in his 1970s cycle for EMI, though Tirimo is more elegant in his delineation of Mozart's expressive second subjects. He emphasises the essentially operatic nature of Mozart's writing. So it's little surprise that in the opening Adagio of the E flat major, K282, he exploits a wonderfully mellifluous bel canto line, giving the movement a far more expressive character than the comparatively cool Uchida.”  BBC Music Magazine (5 stars)

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 and Paganini Rhapsody (CFP/EMI)

“This is an exciting and compelling recording and obviously leads the field.”  Gramophone

“I think this is the best recording of the Paganini Rhapsody I've ever heard.”  Fanfare, USA

“A passionately committed performance... an outstanding recommendation.”  Edward Greenfield, BBC

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 (CFP/EMI)

“A deeply thoughtful, yet glowing re-creation... Tirimo is able to treat the solo part with unusual flexibility and I had that rare, exhilarating feeling of hearing a long-familiar score as though for the first time.”  Classical Music

“A raptness to compare with that of Barenboim (HMV) and Arrau (Philips) holds one's attention as a live performance would.”  Gramophone

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 (CFP/EMI)

“This is an absolutely first-class performance of the Brahms B flat... this unheralded release takes its place among the three or four best versions of this much-recorded composition.”  High Fidelity, USA

“A formidable technique and warm, positive temperament mark the playing of Martino Tirimo... A spontaneous-sounding reading.”  The Guardian

Debussy complete piano works (Regis)

“This may yet prove one of the finest Debussy cycles on record. Tirimo takes us, firmly but courteously, into Debussy's world and let us experience its magic. Indeed, the more I hear Tirimo, the more I feel that he is not just a good pianist but a major artist who should be more widely recognised as such.” Gramophone

Tippett Piano Concerto (Nimbus)

“This disc is a real winner.”  Independent on Sunday

Chopin Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 (Regis/BMG)

“Tirimo ranks alongside Perahia and Zimerman... poetic feeling paramount... exquisite delicacy... spontaneity in every bar... musing reverie... scintillatingly alive... sparkling dance rhythms.”  Penguin Guide