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Debussy: The Piano Works / Martino Tirimo

Debussy / Tirimo
Release Date: 11/27/2012 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 4002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded between 1988 and 1991 for Carlton Classics and reissued anew by Alto, Martino Tirimo’s Debussy solo-piano music cycle remains a serious and arguably underappreciated contender. For starters, Tirimo’s warm, beautifully nuanced sonority and the alluring resonance of the Rosslyn Hill Chapel in Hampstead mesh in a way that evokes the composer’s “piano without hammers” ideal without sacrificing rhythmic backbone. Tirimo’s strong rhythm and care with scaling dynamics factors into this impression.

This particularly tells in the Images, Pour le piano, Suite bergamasque, L’Isle joyeuse, and the Préludes. In the latter, for example, listen to the specificity of the accents and intelligent pedaling throughout Ce qu’a vu
Read more le vent d’Ouest and La serenade interrompue, or Feux d’artifice’s understated scintillation. Perhaps Tirimo underplays La puerta del vino’s left-hand habanera ostinato, and fusses a bit with the basic tempo, yet what exquisitely shaded, sexy right-hand chord work he achieves! And I’ve rarely heard such a magically transparent, otherworldly yet still forward-moving rendition of La cathédrale engloutie on disc, abetted by Tirimo’s decision to accelerate at the build-up beginning at measure 21, as Debussy himself did in his piano roll recording.

The Etudes count among these difficult works’ most technically accomplished and stylistically poised versions on disc, while the myriad little pieces also benefit from Tirimo’s polished directness. While more recent Debussy cycles contain subsequently discovered works and relevant piano reductions of ballet and orchestra fare, those content with the “basic” Debussy piano canon will find Tirimo’s artistry consistently rewarding. Highly recommended.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
2.
Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
3.
L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
4.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
5.
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
6.
Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
7.
Images oubliées by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; France 
8.
Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
9.
Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
10.
Arabesques (2) for Piano: no 1 in E major, Andante con moto by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
11.
Arabesques (2) for Piano: no 2 in G major, Allegretto scherzando by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
12.
Ballade slave by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1903; France 
13.
Valse romantique by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
14.
Nocturne for Piano in D flat major by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
15.
Danse bohémienne by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1880; France 
16.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
17.
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
18.
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
19.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Martino Tirimo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 

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