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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 3

Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 3


Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 12 in G major, K27

Violin Sonata No. 16 in B flat major, K31

Violin Sonata No. 17 in C major, K296

Violin Sonata No. 23 in D major, K306

Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454

Violin Sonata No. 36 in F major, K547 'For Beginners'


The third of the ongoing series from the ‘nigh-on ideal’ partnership (Gramophone) of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. As before, the programme mixes the early—two works by the precocious ten-year-old—with the mature, and includes Mozart’s final violin sonata.

“This is developing into a delightful series – Vol 3 sees Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien find immense charm and character in these sonatas from across Mozart’s life. Tiberghien and Ibragimova come close to my ideal Mozartian duo, in performances that further whet the appetite for the rest of the series.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“They don’t patronise the 10-year-old’s works — the allegro of No 16 (B flat major) sparkles in their mercurial hands — but they reserve their finest playing for No 23 (D major) and Mozart’s last sonata for this combination in F, No 36.” Sunday Times, 3rd April 2017

“once again it is hard to imagine a better partnership. Each of the six works in this double CD programme is a pure delight, with exquisite playing from these world-class performers – Ibragimova fleet and lithe, Tiberghien playfully delicate.” The Observer, 2nd April 2017 *****

“it is difficult to image this wonderful score more exquisitely played or radiantly engineered.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

“Ibragimova introducing some playful interpolations into the Allegro of K31. Both players skilfully characterise its tempo di menuetto variations. Ibragimova adding subtleties of nuance and rubato and occasionally taking some of the limelight. Her silky-toned, lyrical playing in the expressive central movement of K306 is an aural delight, and both protagonists revel in the humour, drama and sheer invention of the ensuing operatic finale.” The Strad, June 2017

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2017

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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 2

Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 2


Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 24 in F major, K376

Violin Sonata No. 10 in B flat major, K15

Violin Sonata No. 29 in A major, K402

Violin Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K6

Violin Sonata No. 14 in D major, K29

Violin Sonata No. 4 in G major, K9

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, K7

Violin Sonata No. 22 in A major, K305


The earliest music here dates from when Mozart was just six years old, the latest from his first years as a freelance composer resident in Vienna. The distinguished advocacy of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien, in a second volume of the complete violin sonatas, is equally persuasive in both.

“The balance between pianist Cédric Tiberghien and violinist Alina Ibragimova on this recording is as beautifully calibrated as always in this long-standing partnership, but here, unusually, it is Tiberghien’s poised, lyrical piano playing that is, more often than not, to the fore…there is something to raise a smile in every single movement” The Guardian, 26th May 2016 *****

“Tiberghien and Ibragimova palpably delight in their opportunities for witty repartee…cultivating light, limpid sonorities (violin vibrato used only for occasional effect), the pair shade and phrase imaginatively without compromising the music’s essential innocence” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“Superbly poised and wonderfully characterful performances.” MusicWeb International, 4th January 2017

“ Tiberghien’s limpid phrasing, radiant cantabile and velvety, cushioned tone provides a continual source of pleasure, complemented ideally by Ibragimova’s silvery-toned exploratory zeal, as she delights in Mozart’s gentle textual interplay, as though discovering its special qualities for the first time.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 1

Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 1


Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 5 in B flat major, K10

Violin Sonata No. 9 in C major, K14

Violin Sonata No. 15 in F major, K30

Violin Sonata No. 18 in G major, K301

Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K304

Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K379

Violin Sonata No. 33 in E flat major K481


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

Mozart’s violin sonatas span his entire career—the early ones are billed as piano sonatas with optional violin accompaniment—and they develop over the years into the first triumphs of the modern genre. Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien have been enthralling audiences worldwide with these works, and now the first instalment is available as a highly desirable 2-for-1 album.

“It would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo: delicate without feyness, rhythmically buoyant..., and never seeking to gild the lily with an alien sophistication.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“The fluidity of the partnership between Ibragimova and Tiberghien is key to the success of this album – in the earlier works the piano is to the fore, while in the others the balance swings more towards the violin, and in each case they’ve evidently thought about where the right midpoint lies between the two extremes.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 29th April 2016

“It is difficult to imagine [these sonatas] better played” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 *****

“This set is captivating, and true to Mozart’s spirit” MusicWeb International, 6th June 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

29th April 2016

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JS Bach: Violin Concertos

JS Bach: Violin Concertos


Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Violin Concerto in A major, BWV1055

Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV1056

Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV1052


Alina Ibragimova recently transfixed Proms audiences with her live solo Bach performances. Back in the studio she has teamed up with the expert Arcangelo to record five Bach Violin Concertos, two undisputed masterpieces and three probable reconstructions: all to be treasured.

“Alina Ibragimova makes a strikingly distinctive contribution, albeit subtle and restrained…she introduces minute expressive emphases and nuances into her solo line, sustaining the hypnotic motoric pulse…Jonathan Cohen's choice of lute as well as harpsichord among the continuo forces invites another distinctive feature…the scale of the period instrument forces is ideal: orchestral violins in threes making for a warm and perfectly tuned contrast to the soloist. Outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“Ibragimova’s playing, from the very first entry, is surprisingly sweet-toned; even in the relatively boisterous first movement the instrument constantly sings, and she’s not afraid to let the sustained notes ring out a little...Occasional guitar-like strumming further reinforces the South European feel, though the rich darkness of the theorbo’s lower reaches ensures that the music never becomes excessively airy.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 23rd October 2015

“This is an outstanding and distinctive addition to a catalogue busting at the seams” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

Presto Disc of the Week

23rd October 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Winner

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - December 2015

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Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27

Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27


Presto's David Smith talks to Alina Ibragimova about Ysaÿe's writing for solo violin here.

Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for solo violin were sketched out in a fevered twenty-four hours during the summer of 1923, a response to the question of why—in over two hundred years—no one had attempted to follow the path forged by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each of these six new Sonatas is dedicated to and customized around the playing style of a contemporary violinist, and as such they present formidable challenges. Russian virtuoso Alina Ibragimova, whose earlier recording of the Bach Sonatas was revelatory, turns out performances fully worthy of this distinguished ancestry.

“Together, the sonatas form a freewheeling ride to the limits of violin technique, often recalling Bach but more often not. Alina Ibragimova is a superb advocate; nothing here sounds like a mere showpiece, and her performances brim with lyricism and wit.” The Guardian, 28th May 2015 *****

“Ibragimova has made many fine recordings in recent years, but this solo Ysaye disc must count as one of her most memorable achievements...If we think of Ibragimova as a thoughtful, even scholarly player, here she proves herself adept at all the frequent showy tricks...she takes her place now as one of the most distinguished exponents of these fascinating works.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Nothing in the violin canon is quite like this: the ghost of Bach lurks behind each sonata, but their character is distinct: there is wry humour, grave beauty and daring impetuosity. Ibragimova transfixes throughout.” The Times, 19th June 2015 *****

“she's up there with the best...there's much of the tonal and dynamic palette that this music needs, characterising the forceful and passionate, as well as the shadowy and understated. She has a good feel for organic rubato,which never loses the underlying pulse, and can change mood and colour almost instantaneously.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 ****

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Instrumental

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Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas & Five Melodies

Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas & Five Melodies


Prokofiev:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a


‘One of the biggest joys of the London concert scene in recent years has been the opening up of the musical world of Alina Ibragimova, a world that seems to know no bounds … here she was partnered by Steven Osborne—a meeting of minds and talents that had that paradoxical effect, common to the best collaborations, of two strongly contrasted individuals speaking with one voice. The First Sonata really let fly … quiet but powerfully sustained in the slow music, a fount of uncorked energy in the more frequent fast sections, Ibragimova dug deep into Prokofiev’s aching heart, profiling the jagged motifs of the Allegro brusco second movement as vividly as she tore into the syncopated rhythms of the battling finale—every phrase stamped with conviction and gravitas’ (Financial Times)

Hyperion is delighted to present a collaboration—an extraordinary force on the concert platform—in its first appearance on record. Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne are musicians of searing, uncompromising intelligence and intense feeling.

In his works for the violin, Prokofiev produced some of his most personal and expressive music. Both of his Violin Sonatas were written for David Oistrakh. The First was begun against the backdrop of Stalin’s Great Terror, in 1938, and one senses that he drew his inspiration from the uncharacteristically dark wells of fear, despair and bereavement which were the lot of Prokofiev and his contemporaries. The Violin Sonata No 2 in D major is of a very different character—generally sunny and carefree, though still with occasional fleeting shadows from the dark world of the First Sonata. In its original form it was a Flute Sonata, Op 94, which Prokofiev had completed in 1943. At David Oistrakh’s suggestion and with his assistance, Prokofiev transcribed this Sonata to create the Second Violin Sonata, Op 94bis.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The performances might lack the volcanic lustre found in Ibragimova’s Szymanowski album, but her febrile manner still finds a lively outlet in repertoire stamped with the skittish, the sardonic, the bittersweet and other Prokofiev hallmarks.” The Times, 27th June 2014 ****

“there is always room for performances of the depth of perception and strength of character that Ibragimova and Osborne give...In tandem with the comparative calm of the Second Sonata there is also a vitalising impetus and an apt palette of colour that distinguishes the whole disc.” The Telegraph, 4th July 2014 *****

“They are played here with an intense-feeling virtuosity, Ibragimova equally magnificent in restraint...and when belting out, say, the second movement of [the F minor], as strongly contrasted with its predecessor as the whole sonata is with its successor.” Sunday Times, 6th July 2014

“they bring their interpretation to disc – with the same conviction, clairvoyance and charismatic force as their live rendition. Osborne’s weighty tone is a match for the Russian-born violinist’s no-holds-barred attack.” Financial Times, 19th June 2014 *****

“Two of today’s most impressive soloists unite in pieces both introspective and lyrical, and – particularly the First Sonata – deeply emotional. Musical collaboration at its most intense and thoughtful.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“From the austere opening bars...it's clear that this violin-and-piano duo is capable of the subtlest interplay. Steven Osborne is the lion, or the demon, that needs taming by Alina Ibragimova's fiddler, dancing - sometimes ever so frailly - on the volcano.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 *****

“two enormously contrasting sonatas that could hardly be more different, but it's testament to the musicianship of Ibragimova and Osborne that both works, as well as the Melodies (which are certainly more than just filler material), succeed so well.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 14th July 2014

“These Hyperion stablemates, recording together for the first time, appear on paper a dream team. And so they turn out to be: the earlier sonata astonishing for their unanimity of almost psychotic attack when called for.” Classical Music *****

Presto Disc of the Week

14th July 2014

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Editor's Choice - August 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - August 2014

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Schubert: Complete works for violin and piano

Schubert: Complete works for violin and piano


Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in D major, D384 (Op. posth. 137 No. 1)

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in A minor, D385 (Op. posth. 137 No. 2)

Sonatina (Sonatina) in G minor, D408 (Op. posth. 137 No. 3)

Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574

Rondo brillant in B minor, D895 (Op. 70)

Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D934

Sei mir gegrüsst! D741 (Rückert)


The luminous partnership of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien returns to Hyperion for this double album containing Schubert’s complete music for violin and piano. Their intelligence and technical prowess, their seamless and intimate connection as performers and their profound understanding of the music combine in magical performances.

While still in his teens, Schubert wrote four works for violin and piano that could have been given the label ‘sonata’, yet none of the four was published with that title. The first three, completed in 1816, bear instead the designation of ‘Sonatina’, perhaps to appeal to the amateur market. But these are highly accomplished works by the teenage composer and there is little ‘domestic’ feeling in the extended, mysterious unravellings of D385 which hint at compositions yet to come.

The later Violin Sonata in A major, D574 (now described as a ‘Duo’), urges the violinist on to greater virtuosic feats, and the Rondo in B minor even more so, with the piano sometimes treated as a surrogate orchestra. The extensive Fantasy in C major, written in the last year of Schubert’s life, is a masterpiece: the composer’s greatest achievement in this genre, which combines poignancy with sheer joy in life itself.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The wise judgment of scale and perspective is a conspicuous feature of their playing here...Ibragimova and Tiberghien adopt an intimate, gently expressive manner in the early sonatas, though it can still possess rhythmic gusto...Ibragimova and Tiberghien encompass the [later] music with exhilarating flair but, as in the earlier works, with a keen stylistic ear.” The Telegraph, 25th July 2013 ****

“Most bewitching of all, and performed with a lightness and poise by this established duo, is the Fantasy in C major, breaking convention at every turn, written in 1827.” The Observer, 4th August 2013

“Here we get all of Schubert's works written for violin and piano, in performances which it is hard to imagine ever being bettered...Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien don't attempt to make them bigger or greater than they are.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 *****

“These performances exhibit that feeling of spontaneous enjoyment which animated Ibragimova and Tiberghien's live Beethoven set from the Wigmore Hall. Their playing is constantly graced by small touches of rubato, never very much but enough to give a sense of freedom and individuality” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

“These are magical performances by two young artists who clearly enjoy the joint experience of music-making. Intelligence and integrity mark these interpretations out with distinction. I was very taken by the rich tone of the violin, which is an Anselmo Bellosio of 1775... This is one of the listening highlights of my year - all in all a consummate achievement.” MusicWeb International, 10th September 2013

“It is fantastically vibrant playing, technically brilliant and always stylish. As in their previous discs together, Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien play with a real rapport and affinity, and Tiberghien’s sensitive touch and ability to identify the most crucial harmonies and allow them just that fraction more time helps elevate this music making to the very highest level.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 5th August 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

5th August 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted

Building a Library

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Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos


Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. post.

Alina Ibragimova (violin)


The young violinist Alina Ibragimova is already established as an admired recording artist, standing alongside great artists of the past and present with her versions of Bach and Beethoven’s violin works. She appears on this latest release with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Vladimir Jurowski (in his Hyperion premiere) in a programme which includes a classic of the concerto repertoire: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64. Ibragimova’s is a glittering, knife-edge performance, her playing a portrayal in itself of the music’s passion held in control through exquisite craft. The Violin Concerto in D minor—an unusual and welcome pairing—is an early work, written when the composer was only thirteen. As with Mendelssohn’s other juvenile works it is extraordinarily accomplished and exceedingly charming.

“Ibragimova, with her wonderfully full, malleable tone, sinewy agility and deft expressiveness, proves a compelling exponent of this brilliant teenage score, combining it on this disc with an equally ear-catching performance of the later E minor Concerto...Ibragimova here adopts a style that goes hand in glove with the OAE’s, sparing with vibrato, lithe in articulation but at the same time appealingly reflective in the slow central movement.” The Telegraph, 28th September 2012 ****

“Ibragimova's playing combines verve, brilliance and imaginative intelligence. Mendelssohn's dynamics are scrupulously observed...But if listeners that they are hearing an approximation of an 1840s performance, they should think again. No one could accuse Ibragimova of vibrating excessively, yet she uses vibrato on the modern way, to aid tone production and projection.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“what was the thinking behind teaming together a soloist who uses vibrato, albeit tastefully, and a string band who don't? Not that I necessarily object to the result...Ibragimova's sensitive playing wins the day, with some superlative quiet moments and at all times a loyal adherence to the composer's markings and a sure sense of the music's phrasing and architecture.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 *****

“At first sight Mendelssohn might not seem an Ibragimova composer, though he’s never been far from her fingers...She returns to [the D minor Concerto] here, now burnished with the mature musician’s chameleon grasp of colours and modes of attack, and knack for febrile excitements. The same gifts keep the warhorse Concerto in E minor continually fresh.” The Times, 5th October 2012 ****

“her subtle changes of colour and prodigious range of articulation are things to wonder at. The outer movements of the E minor Concerto are dazzling: Ibragimova sets off at a fearsome pace in the finale and not only sustains it, but keeps every detail of her phrasing crystal clear in the process” The Guardian, 18th October 2012 ****

“Her absolute unanimity with the woodwind, which joins her in the scampering main theme, is breathtaking, and her occasional discrete use of portamento feels completely apt. This is a delightful, compelling performance from beginning to end, the equal of any in the catalogue.” bbc.co.uk, 29th October 2012

“Ibragimova’s performance suggests she perceives Mendelssohn as a pure classicalist. She and conductor Jurowski downplays any aspect of the music that might suggest Mendelssohn harbored any Romantic inclinations. The performance uses very little rubato, and Jurowski urges the orchestra ever forward” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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Ravel: Complete music for violin & piano

Ravel: Complete music for violin & piano


Lekeu:

Violin Sonata in G major

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Violin Sonata in A minor 'Sonate posthume'

Tzigane

Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré


Maurice Ravel’s mature works for violin and piano have established a central place in the core recital repertoire and are considered among the most popular of the genre. These diverse works acknowledge the influences of a range of musical styles from jazz to Impressionism and fuse the tonal colours of Debussy with the lyricism of Franck.

The posthumously published one-movement Violin Sonata, written by Ravel as a student, is a lyrical precursor to the composer’s stunning Violin Sonata in G major with its unique character and adoption of the ‘blues’ idiom. The spontaneity, tonal colours and exotic soundscapes in Ravel’s violin music call for immense skill in interpretation, and passages in the frenzied Tzigane test the limits of the performers’ virtuosity.

Violinist Alina Ibragmiova rises to these challenges with extraordinary verve. Recent winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious ‘Young Artist of the Year’ award, she displays a vast expressive range and interpretative maturity.

She is accompanied by pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who gives elegant and flawless performances and relishes Ravel’s iridescent piano parts.

The addition of Guillaume Lekeu’s masterwork, the extensive and engaging Violin Sonata, makes this major new release a chamber disc to treasure.

“The couple recently stirred excitement with their accounts of Beethoven’s sonatas — each sonata freshly thought and felt. Now, a similar miracle is worked upon Ravel... The solo section of the Tzigane gives Ibragimova her big spotlight, spinning with gypsy trills. But Tiberghien throughout fields his own sensitivities and urgent attack; this CD is a joint triumph.” The Times, 26th August 2011 *****

“Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien possess the rare gift of being able to recreate on disc the same captivating spontaneity and musical intensity that distinguishes their concerts. Rarely have the sleek lines and textures of Ravel's two sonatas, nor the manic drive of Tzigane so deliriously intoxicating.” Classic FM Magazine, October 2011 *****

“Ibragimova’s tone is taut, sweet and astringent, but with plenty of power in her bowing arm in the last, très animé movement [of the Lekeu]...while Tiberghien’s limpid touch and easy bravura are perfect for this music.” Sunday Times, 11th September 2011

“Ibragimova brings verve and virtuosity to the Violin Sonata, abetted by Tiberghien in a nicely understated “Blues” movement. Their Tzigane makes up in brilliance what it lacks in earthiness” Financial Times, 10th September 2011 ***

“Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien are utterly convincing advocates, matching the ebb and flow of this work's intense and slow-burning passion...Ibragimova charms with more than limpid tone. Whether it is the willingness to sound dirty in the 'blues', or the hushed caresses in the heart of the posthumous Sonata, it is clear she is under the skin of this music.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ****

“Even within the Ravel repertoire, they sharply identify and convey the distinct contrasts...They have great fun with the wild gipsy flair of Tzigane, but you can tell that this spontaneity is born of deep understanding of the music’s character and of unshakeable rapport. In the entire programme the playing is of finesse and winning,communicative allure.” The Telegraph, 15th September 2011

“Lekeu's magisterial, post-Wagnerian Sonata displays a supremely natural sense of ebb and flow. The performance is particularly strong, with Ibragimova and Tiberghien alert to its underlying logic and self-conscious rapture. The Ravel is superbly done, too. Above all, the Tzigane is the real showstopper here: Ibragimova dispatches it with breathtaking dexterity.” The Guardian, 13th October 2011 ****

“Tiberghien and Ibragimova certainly don't hold back from sweeping intensity but they still retain a measure of objectivity, finding places to relax and never pushing the expression beyond what sounds beautiful...the details are wonderfully idiomatic...It all adds up to a must-hear recital” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

Presto Disc of the Week

22nd August 2011

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2011

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Volume 2

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Volume 2


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12 No. 2

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96


“Ferociously gifted young musicians” [The Times, May 2010] Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien return with the second in their series of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, recorded live at Wigmore Hall in February 2010. Volume One in the cycle, released in March 2010, was received to resounding critical acclaim, with the FT stating “the partnership with Tiberghien sounds fresh and spontaneous - outstandingly so in the opening movement of the eighth sonata.” Now the second concert in the trilogy is being made available as a live recording, featuring the sonatas in F (Spring Op.24), A (Op.12 No.2) and G major (Op.96).

The first CD received superlative reviews with performances deemed “brimful of life,” Gramophone, Editor’s Choice] and BBC Music Magazine going on to say:

“This is very special. Alina Ibragimova...is a mature, intelligent, impassioned musician, technically and emotionally focused to a degree that would be exceptional in any violinist of her age...she has the kind of tone and expression that pins you to the back of your seat.”

It has been five years since the duo met on the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, where they immediately forged a dynamic rapport and the signs of an exciting new creative partnership began to emerge. They have gone on to collaborate and perform in leading concert halls around the world. Now Wigmore Hall Live brings these fine, beautifully balanced recordings to audiences for the first time.

Volume 3 will be released next Spring.

“The superbly modulated range of expression, the grasp of the work as a whole organism and the sense of lively musical partnership gives this performance [of Op. 96] a special authority” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 *****

“Ibragimova and Tiberghien continue their Beethoven sonata cycle with a trio of compelling performances that makes even the most familiar of phrases appear freshly minted...The elusive Tenth Sonata has never sounded more radiant...[They] play with a natural flair and insight that sets new standards.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 *****

“Ibragimova and Tiberghien made a pleasing impression in the first volume of their cycle, and its successor is equally polished, especially in the Spring Sonata” Financial Times, 26th November 2010 ***

“From the opening bars of the Spring Sonata, warm and serene in Alina Ibragimova's hands, we're aware of the same attention to expressive detail that distinguished the earlier recital, allied to a sure feeling for the direction and character of each movement. There's a sense of happy partnership, too, given extra immediacy in the context of a live performance.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“Ibragimova and Tiberghien are a wonderfully matched pairing, with her astonishing command of tone colour and articulation complemented by his rhythmic alertness and lightness of touch.” The Guardian, 20th January 2011 *****

“The second volume in Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien's ongoing series of Beethoven violin sonatas sustains the standard of the first, with their treatment of the Violin Sonata in F major, Spring, Op 24, perhaps their most delightful vehicle yet. The opening melody is passed from violin to piano, its charm conveyed through Ibragimova's featherlight bowing” The Independent, 11th December 2010 ****

“In the second volume of their Beethoven sonata series, violinist Ibragimova and pianist Tiberghien seem joined at the hip, pouncing on phrases and shading subtleties with intelligence and joy. And the music is wonderful...Chamber music-making doesn’t get fizzier than this.” The Times, 7th January 2011 *****

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