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“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.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata In F Major "Spring" Op 24; 1. Allegro
-2. Adagio Molto Espressivo
-3. Scherzo: Allegro Molto
-4. Rondo: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Beethoven Violin SOnata In A Major Op.12-2; 1. Allegro Vivace
-2. Andante, Piu Tosto Allegretto
-3. Allegro Piacevole
Beethoven Violin Sonata In G Major Op. 96; 1. Allegro Moderato
-2. Adagio Espressivo
-3. Adagio Espressivo
-4. Poco Allegretto - Allegro
“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.”
“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.”
26th November 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”
“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”
11th December 2010
“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”
7th January 2011
“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.”
20th January 2011
“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.”
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