P0268. MARIA TIPO: 18 Sonatas (Scarlatti). (E.U.) EMI 75023, recorded 1987, Salle Wagram, Paris. Final copy! - 724357502320
"...I took home my first Tipo recording, an album on the Italian Ricordi label [above] of twelve sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti....'Electrifying' is too conventional a description of what I heard. Suddenly, Horowitz's much-admired championing of this composer seemed mannered. Here was Scarlatti recreated on a modern piano, caught in a golden strobe light by fingers as capable of even articulation and breathtaking speed as of a long, melting legato line. Here was a rhythmic vitality that swept away all cobwebs of antiquity and gave every phrase a dancing life."
- Charles Michener, NEW YORK, 27 Sept., 1993
“Maria Tipo's success led rapidly to invitations to all the major musical centers in Europe as well as in the USA, Central and South America, Africa, U.S.S.R., Japan and the Middle East. She made her New York début in 1955. After an absence of 32 years, she returned to New York in 1991 as a recitalist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has performed with the greatest orchestras in the world, among which are the Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Salzburg Mozarteum, La Scala in Milan, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), RAI - Milan-Turin-Rome, Florence May Festival, English Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, etc. Chamber music is also one of her interests, and she has performed with such artists as the Amadeus Quartet, Quartetto di Fiesole, Salvatore Accardo and Uto Ughi.
Maria Tipo has also recorded extensively. The first recording for Ricordi, 12 Scarlatti Sonatas, was hailed by Newsweek as ‘the most spectacular record of the year’. Her recording of piano sonatas by Clementi for Fonit Cetra is now a collector’s item.
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 1950's, 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.”
- Z. D. Akron