The Piano Works [Martino Tirimo] – 4 CD – Box-Set. CD1: Children’s Corner Suite (includes Snow is dancing & Golliwog’s cake-walk) – Images I & II – Berceuse heroique – Mazurka – La Plus que lente – Masques – Elegie – The Little Negro – Page d’album – Morceau de concours – Hommage a Haydn – D’un cahier d’esquisses / CD 2: 12 Etudes – 3 Estampes – L’Isle joyeuse / CD 3: Complete Preludes (Books I & II – XXIV, incl. La Fille aux cheveux du lin – La cathedrale engloutie – Minstrels – Les collines d’Anacapri) / CD 4: Suite Bergamasque (Prelude – Menuet – Clair de Lune – Passepied) – Imagie Oubliees (1894) – Reverie – Danse (Tarantelle styrienne) – Premiere Arabesque – Deuxieme Arabesque – Ballade – Valse Romantique Nocturne – Danse Bohemienne – Pour Le Piano-Suite.
Athene Records / Regis Records Ltd., 2002. CD Size. 4 CD’s. Original Softcover Cardboard-Box. This rare set of 4 CD’s is in excellent condition.
(Achille) Claude Debussy (French: 22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Born to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement, Debussy showed enough musical talent to be admitted at the age of ten to France’s leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire’s conservative professors. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 when he achieved international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelléas et Mélisande.
Debussy’s orchestral works include Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894), Nocturnes (1897–1899) and Images (1905–1912). His music was to a considerable extent a reaction against Wagner and the German musical tradition. He regarded the classical symphony as obsolete and sought an alternative in his “symphonic sketches”, La mer (1903–1905). His piano works include two books of Préludes and one of Études. Throughout his career he wrote mélodies based on a wide variety of poetry, including his own. He was greatly influenced by the Symbolist poetic movement of the later 19th century. A small number of works, including the early La Damoiselle élue and the late Le Martyre de saint Sébastien have important parts for chorus. In his final years, he focused on chamber music, completing three of six planned sonatas for different combinations of instruments.
With early influences including Russian and Far Eastern music, Debussy developed his own style of harmony and orchestral colouring, derided – and unsuccessfully resisted – by much of the musical establishment of the day. His works have strongly influenced a wide range of composers including Béla Bartók, Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin, and the jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. Debussy died from cancer at his home in Paris at the age of 55 after a composing career of a little more than 30 years. (Wikipedia)
Martino Tirimo (born 19 December 1942) is a Cypriot classical pianist.
Born into a musical family in Larnaca, he began piano and violin lessons with his father, a distinguished conductor and violinist. He gave his first concert at the age of six, performed Haydn’s Concerto in D at eight and when only twelve he conducted seven complete performances of Verdi’s La Traviata, including soloists from La Scala, Milan.
At the age of sixteen he won the Franz Liszt Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with the highest honours, after which he completed his studies in Vienna. In 1971 and 1972 victories in the international piano competitions in Munich and Geneva launched his international career.
Tirimo has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the major British orchestras and those in Berlin, Cleveland, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague and Vienna. With the Dresden Philharmonic he directed several cycles of Beethoven’s five piano concertos from the keyboard in various concert halls in Germany and the Royal Festival Hall, London. (Wikipedia)