WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Schubert: Complete Piano Sonatas / Martino Tirimo


Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 8468522   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally released by EMI Eminence and now resurrected by Warner, Martino Tirimo’s 1995/96 Schubert sonata cycle is the most comprehensive edition available on CD. It includes all of the finished sonatas plus those that Schubert left incomplete. Some of the latter exist only in fragmentary form, while others have movements where the composer breaks off at the end of development sections or at the beginning of recapitulations. Tirimo fills in the gaps with his own completions and also incorporates certain “stand-alone” movements to flesh out works that are otherwise multi-movement torsos.

A more conjectural solution is required to complete the C major D. 840 “Relique” sonata’s Rondo, and Tirimo’s stylistic sensitivity is such
Read more that you hardly notice where the original cuts off and the restoration begins. Fortunately, Tirimo’s thoughtful and caring scholarship extends to the refinement, intelligence, and diverse characterizations that inform his best Schubert pianism. Although he takes the A major D. 664 finale at a tempo that seems slower than the composer’s marked Allegro, the pace allows the forte left-hand octaves and distinctions between detached and legato phrases to register with more impact than usual.

Images of a bucolic peasant dance emerge from Tirimo’s emphatic, slightly square-toed way with the B major D. 575’s Allegro giusto. He projects the A minor D. 537’s Allegro ma non troppo on a large scale, laying into the declamatory chords while accelerating the high-register filigree. Tirimo holds the A major D. 959 opening Allegro in a firm, unyielding rhythmic grip that reminds me of Rudolf Serkin’s similarly architectonic reading, while, by contrast, the Rondo is as limpid and discreetly flexible as Pollini’s.

Tirimo’s straightforward simplicity characterizes the B-flat major D. 960 sonata, but his otherwise absorbing D. 959 C minor is let down by a finale whose galloping gait loses impetus and energy—no match for Arrau’s dark drama or the taut urgency of Brendel’s extraordinary Vanguard recording (not his Philips remakes, though). The D major D. 850 sonata begins with a big-boned and angular first movement, followed by middle movements that appear to share a common basic tempo on account of a brisker than usual Andante con moto and a relatively lumbering Scherzo.

In the A minor D. 845 sonata Tirimo fares best in the outer movements, especially in his supple melodic pointing of the Rondo’s toccata-like patterns. I find his understated sobriety in the Andante variations rather dull compared to Mitsuko Uchida’s watertight tempo relationships and more extroverted, incandescent fingerwork. However, Tirimo’s G major sonata D. 894 is one of the best on disc. His inward deliberation in the lengthy Molto moderato holds attention by virtue of subtle changes of color and rhythmic inflection. The Andante’s songful phrasing contrasts to the briskly swaggering Menuetto, while the Allegretto finale’s lightness, textural variety, and gentle wit easily are on par with Volodos’ reference recording.

Some listeners may find the engineering a bit cavernous and bottom-heavy, yet the ambient resonance also indicates how Tirimo’s piano sonority and sense of projection register in a large concert hall. Although the top recommendation among Schubert cycles still goes to Michael Endres’ Capriccio edition for its more consistent performances and warmer sonics, Schubert collectors will find Tirimo’s best interpretations and all of his reconstructions well worth Warner’s attractive budget price tag.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor, D 571 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano in F minor, D 625 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano in E minor, D 769a [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1823; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano in E minor, D 566 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano in E major, D 459 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1816; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Piano in E major, D 157 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Piano in E flat major, D 568/Op. posth 122 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sonata for Piano in D flat major, D 567 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Sonata for Piano in C sharp minor, D 655 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 613 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 279 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Sonata for Piano in B major, D 575/Op. posth by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 537/Op. 164 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Sonata for Piano in A flat major, D 557 "Sonatine" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Minuet for Piano in A minor, D 277a by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1815; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In