Monday, December 19, 2016

Maria Tipo Plays Mozart & Scarlatti

Maria Tipo was born in Naples. She was taught originally by her mother, Ersilia Cavallo, who was a pupil of Ferruccio Busoni. She went on to study under Alfredo Casella and Guido Agosti.
At only seventeen, she won the Geneva international piano competition. Since then, she has performed widely and made a considerable number of recordings.
Maria Tipo's first appearance in North America in the late 1950s, where she played over 300 concerts, caused her to be nicknamed the "Neapolitan Horowitz". Her first recording, an LP of 12 Scarlatti sonatas, which she recorded in a mere 4 hours in 1955, was hailed by Newsweek magazine as the most spectacular record of the year.
Her recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations and of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti have been awarded the "Diapason d’Or". She has also championed the music of Muzio Clementi both in concert and on disc. Her stature has tended to be higher among her fellow-pianists than with the general public. Martha Argerich, in an interview with Rai Radio 3, referred to her as "sensational".
She is a pianist of considerable strength and virtuosity. The critic Piero Rattalino recalls her playing as a teenager: "Her agility was incredible, and her precision greater than the volcanic Martha Argerich". He classes her with the "tradition of Italian interpreters that begins with Toscanini and includes Zecchi, Benedetti Michelangeli, Pollini, Accardo, Muti, Abbado: interpreters who remain masters of their emotions and achieve the effect they want on the public." He concludes : "Maria Tipo is a knight errant, always ready to do battle for her ideal, even when this ideal takes the form of the Devil. [Her] ideal is beauty. There are other ways to make music, but this is certainly not the least of them."
Tipo also is a dedicated teacher, giving master classes at the Gubbio Festival and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, and has served as a professor at the Conservatories of Geneva, Bolzano and Florence. Among her students are the pianists Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro De Maria, Fabio Bidini, Angelo Arciglione, Domenico Piccichè, Djordje Milojkovic.

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Maria Tipo


Cd. 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto n° 21 In C Major, K. 467
1 I. Allegro maestoso  14:28
2 II. Andante  7:28
3 III. Allegro vivace assai  6:41

Piano Concerto n° 25 In C Major, K. 503
4 I. Allegro Maestoso  14:59
5 II. Andante  8:27
6 III. Finale. Allegretto  8:37


Cd. 2

Domenico Scarlatti

12 Piano Sonatas
1 Sonata in E Major, L. 375, K. 20 (Capriccio)  2:57
2 Sonata in B-Flat Major, L. 396, K. 551  5:17
3 Sonata in G Major, L. 286, K. 427  2:14
4 Sonata in C Major, L. 457, K. 132  7:20
5 Sonata in G Major, L. 288, K. 432  2:10
6 Sonata in D Major, L. 465, K. 96 (La Caccia)  5:01
7 Sonata in B Major, L. 387, K. 14  3:00
8 Sonata in G Major, L. 449, K. 27  3:30
9 Sonata in G Major, L. 487, K. 125  2:30
10 Sonata in E Major, L. 23, K. 380 (Cortège)  6:06
11 Sonata in F Major, L. 474, K. 107  5:26
12 Sonata in C Major, L. 5, K. 406  3:17


Maria Tipo - p

Recorded ca 1955 ?


woland said...

A wonderful tribute to a great pianist. I love her Scarlatti recordings.

anders said...

thank you

rubingould said...

Thank you

musician3 said...

AMAZING.............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Pablos N said...


PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you, Mel.

alfred venison said...

thank you very much. -a.v.

Alberto Cos said...

Many thanks ... never enough Scarlatti's sonatas !!!

dave_bruce said...

Maria Tipo's playing is simply stunning!

Many thanks for introducing me to it.

Daniele said...

May I ask you to reupload this? I have seen it too late but am truly, truly interested in these recordings.... Thanks for your help and for the effort you put in rendering Mario Tipo's recs available to us! She is almost forgotten, which is truly unfair given her stature as a pianist.

Daniele said...

There is also a superb recording of Chopin's 2 concerto from those early years in USA, if someone has it and could upload Tipo's performance it would be really nice...

Daniele said...

Thanks so much!

NagaYama said...

Thanks Melanchthon

Never heard about her, but if she plays as she looks, sure it will be listenable !

Cri said...

Hi Mel, thx a lot. New to me but interesting ... starting to dig in

Gil said...

Je ne connaissais pas du tout Maria Tipo,je viens d'écouter Scarlatti, et j'en ai le souffle coupé.Merci

Historicus said...

Great, thanks a lot!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Scarlatti and quite nice Mozart. She also recorded the most elegant and refined nocturnes by Chopin ever for EMI France. Ample and noble phrasing, full of rubato and very intense.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very very much!

robin said...

I must be silly but I could not locate the pw...
Robin (France)

glinka21 said...

She married twice--first to someone who basically thought a woman should remain at home while men work, and then to a fellow pianist whose skill was simply not as good as hers. I've been given to understand that in more recent years she performs recitals with her daughter, who's a violinist.

Daniele said...

The pwd is melanchthon!
Maria Tipo retired years ago, she does not concertize anymore (though she is still alive and lives in Florence)

robin said...

Thank you Daniele! I had tried but I must have mispelled it and it didn't work. Now it's ok, thanks again.

Michael Baroscope said...

May I ask you to re-upload this music? As Davide half a year ago, I have seen it much, much too late but I am truly, truly interested in these recordings too!... Thanks for your help and for the effort you put in rendering Mario Tipo's recs available to us! Thanks, MB

Melanchthon said...

Michael Baroscope said...

Thank you for this beautiful present for Christmas!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks a lot and best regards Mel

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Olde Edo said...

I'm unfamiliar with Tipo. Thank you for offering this.