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First of three individual releases which will incorporate the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven (next releases likely to be in February and September 2011).
Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien met whilst members of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, immediately establishing a rapport which has brought them invitations from the world's leading recital halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and, especially, the Wigmore Hall. Writing about the duo in The Times, Geoff Brown stated that "these players have the potential to conquer the world”.
Alina and Cedric played several of Beethoven’s violin sonatas together during the time when they were both participants in BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, but it wasn’t until the beginning of October 2009 that they tackled the complete cycle. Thanks to a residency at Aldeburgh, they were able to concentrate on rehearsing these central pillars of the violin-andpiano repertoire for an entire week – ‘playing, talking, thinking, morning until evening, feeling the connections, the moods, the links between each sonata, each key’, Tiberghien explains.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D major Op. 12-1
- 2. Thema U. Variationen: Andante Con Moto
- 3. Rondo: Allegro
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A minor Op. 23
- 2. Andante Scherzono, Più Allegretto
- 3. Allegro Molto
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in G major Op. 30-3
- 2. Tempo Di Minuetto, Ma Molto Moderato E Grazioso
- 3. Allegro Vivace
Beethoven: Violin Sonata C minor Op. 30-2
- 2. Adagio Cantabile
- 3. Scherzo: Allegro
- 4. Finale: Allegro - Presto
25th April 2010
“The partnership here of Ibragimova and Tiberghien is a rare meeting of minds. Both understand that each has an equal part to play in this music. Both make sounds that are unfailingly beautiful and, equally important, clean and clear.”
8th May 2010
“Spontaneous, impulsive, young and fresh, the violinist Ibragimova and the pianist Tiberghien make an electrifying partnership...the pair’s creativity in ducking and weaving, shaping phrases, surging with lyricism, brings multiple pleasures.”
“This is very special...For all the thought that has clearly gone into [Ibragimova's] interpretations, nothing sounds contrived or overcultivated. Cédric Tiberghien is an ideal partner...his alert responsiveness to the finer nuances of Ibragimova's playing is one of the features that makes these performances so magnificently alive.”
“These performances are brimful of life; there's a sense of joy and freedom...[Ibragimova and Tiberghien] have clearly thought about every phrase, every expression mark, with such detailed individuality as to banish routine performance...the sense of occasion, of living the music as it unfolds, is very strong.”
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