Two eminent Trinity Laban music staff members are releasing recordings this month. World-famous pianist and teacher Martino Tirimo has just released a new boxed-set of all the Schubert Sonatas on EMI Classics, and voice teacher Alison Wells stars in a DVD of Peter Maxwell Davies' Miss Donnithorne's Maggot.
Described by the Daily Telegraph as "an inspiring poet of the piano…", Cypriot Martino Tirimo gave his first concert aged six, and when only twelve conducted seven performances of Verdi's La Traviata with soloists from La Scala, Milan.
Now, alongside his professorship at Trinity Laban, he enjoys a worldwide career, performing as a soloist and with leading orchestras all over the world. Martino is particularly renowned for his Schubert interpretations and in 1975 became the first pianist to perform a truly complete cycle of the 21 Sonatas in public, with his own completions to the unfinished movements, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. This new CD of the complete sonatas is a fitting testament to his mastery of the instrument as well as his enduring love of the works.
As well as teaching in Trinity Laban's vocal department, Yorkshire-born mezzo-soprano Alison Wells' wide-ranging career has taken her to perform in all the major London concert halls and many festivals around the world. Much of her work has been in contemporary music, with ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Gemini and the Schoenberg Ensemble in Amsterdam.
Premiered in Singapore and filmed at last year's St Magnus International Festival in Orkney, Miss Donnithorne's Maggot mixes the live performance of this extraordinary musical theatre work with cameos of the life of Eliza Donnithorne, the woman from Sydney who was abandoned at the altar, and spent the next thirty years in her wedding dress amidst the remains of her wedding breakfast. This 35-minute tour-de-force for mezzo and chamber ensemble is performed by Alison with the Gemini Ensemble, conducted by Trinity Laban's Ian Mitchell. The DVD also includes works by Judith Bingham and Colin Riley.