|Comments:||Ronan Conroy said:|
Now released at bargain price as a 5-CD box, there is little reason not to investigate Maria Tipo's Bach, except prejudice. There is a supreme technical assurance that never degenerates into virtuosity, which gives an unfussy clarity to counterpoint (especially in the criss-crossing voices of the Goldbergs). Unlike Angela Hewitt, Maria Tipo is not afraid to bring all the resources of the piano to bear on Bach (with Hewitt, of course, it's a matter of personal taste, not shyness!).
This is Bach lyrical but not sentimental, serious without being austere, whimsical without the sorts of oddity that you get from, say, Gould. And never ever dull.
Playing Bach on a piano is transcribing his work, and you can't do it by pretending the instrument is a harpsichord. That's a serious challenge, but one that I think Maria Tipo rises to unfailingly.