Maria Tipo first studied piano with ther mother who had been a student of Busoni. She subsequently studied with Alfredo Casella and Guido Agosti (whose other pupils included Leslie Howard and Raymond Lewenthal among many significant pianists of the 20th century). She won the Geneva international piano competition at 17 and has been performing to great acclaim since including being referred to as the "Neapolitan Horowitz". No less a titan of the piano, Martha Argerich, called her "sensational", and Argerich was not alone in her praise.
Sadly, Maria Tipo has had a much greater following among pianists than among the public at large. But no small wonder, her genius is such that the average music lover who does not have a first hand understanding of the complexity of what she achieves at the piano does not realize the magnitude of her genius.
One of the great contrpuntalists, Maria Tipo's Bach is second to none. Her Scarlatti is scintillating, at her hands, Clementi is raised to the rank of a great composer, and her Mozart and Beethoven, only available to us here in concerto recordings, are exquisite.
Of the Scarlatti recordings here, K 491 and K 118 are the ones I return to again and again as they best demonstrate the orchestral pallet of this most marvelous of pianists.
Maria Tipo's Chopin is a love affair. Every note is caressed, the tempi languid, the rubati delicate. It is understatedly elegant grandeur, it is the eloquence of perfection. At her fingers, these nocturnes are very nearly operatic arias. There are six nocturnes in the collection below. Feast on them. And wonder why, as I do, that her name is not among those that come up when the great interpreters of Chopin are discussed.
I recently wrote that Carlo Zecchi is arguably the greatest of all pianists. I ought to have said, of all male pianists," for Maria Tipo surely shares that distinction on the distaff side.
recorded in 1955
Presto in G major, K 14 (L 387)
Presto in E major, K 20 (L 375)
Allegro in B minor, K 27 (L 449)
Allegrissimo in D major, K 96 (L 465)
Allegro in F major, K 107 (L 474)
Vivo in G major, K 125 (L 487)
Cantabile in C major, K 132 (L 457)
Allegro comodo in E major, K 380 (L 23)
Allegro in C major, K 406 (L 5)
Presto quanto sia possible in G major, K 427 (L 286)
Allegro in G major, K 432 (L 288)
Allegro in B♭ major, K 551 (L 396)
recorded in the 1970s
Aria in D minor, K 32 (L 423)
Allegro in A major, K 39 (L 391)
Allegro in D major, K 45 (L 265)
Allegro in A major, K 65 (L 195)
Allegrissimo in G major, K 79 (L 80)
Adagio in A minor, K 109 (L 138)
Allegro in A major, K 113 (L 345)
Non presto in D major, K 118 (L 122)
Allegro in G major, K 124 (L 232)
Allegro in E♭ major, K 193 (L 142)
Allegro in F minor, K 239 (L 281)
Allegro in G major, K 284 (L 90)
Andante in F♯ major, K 318 (L 31)
Allegro in A major, K 342 (L 191)
Allegro in E minor, K 394 (L 275)
Andante in A major, K 404 (L 222)
Allegro molto in G major, K 425 (L 333)
Andante spirituoso in G major, K 454 (L 184)
Allegro in G major, K 470 (L 304)
Allegro in G minor, K 476 (L 340)
Allegro in D major, K 491 (L 164)
Allegro in E major, K 495 (L 426)
Allegro in C major, K 515 (L 255)
Allegro in G major, K 547 (L S28)
Clementi Piano Sonata in G minor, Op 8~1
(video not available to us in the USA but you might be able to find it if you are visiting this site in another country)
ii Andante cantabile
Clementi Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 13~6
i Allegro agitato
ii Largo e sostenuto
Clementi Piano Sonata in F♯ minor, Op 25~5
i Allegro con espressione
ii Lento e patetico
Clementi Piano Sonata in G minor, Op 50~3 "Didone abbandonata"
i Largo patetico e sostenuto. Allegro ma con espressione
11:45 ii Adagio dolente
16:29 iii Allegro agitato, e con disperazione
recorded in 1978
Beethoven Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53 "Waldstein
i Allegro con Brio
11:02 ii Introduzione. Adagio molto
14:52 iii Rondo - .Allegro moderato. Prestissimo
recorded in 1986
Chopin Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23
1 in E♭ major,Op 9~1
16 in E♭ major, Op 55~2
18 in E major, Op 62~2
20 in C♯ minor, Op posth
Schumann 11 from Symphonic Etudes, Op 13
01:32 Emil Gilels
04:41 Sviatoslav Richter
06:37 Maria Tipo (my fave by a mile followed by Pollini)
Schumann Kinderszenen, Op 15
"Von fremden Ländern und Menschen"
02:30 "Kuriose Geschichte"
04:24 "Bittendes Kind"
05:27 "Glückes genug"
07:11 "Wichtige Begebenheit"
11:36 "Am Kamin"
12:51 "Ritter vom Steckenpferd"
13:30 "Fast zu ernst"
17:47 "Kind im Einschlummern"
20:38 "Der Dichter spricht"
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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