M. Ravel: Complete Music for Violin and Piano - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Tzigane; Berceuse dur le nom de Gabriel Faur / Alina Ibragimova, violin / Cedric Tiberghien, piano

Audio Samples

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Sonata for violin & piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata Posthume for Violin and Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
>Ravel, Maurice : Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré

Album Summary

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Sonata for violin & piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata Posthume for Violin and Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
>Ravel, Maurice : Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré
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Notes & Reviews:

Maurice Ravel's works for violin and piano have established a central place in the core recital repertoire. These diverse works acknowledge the influences of a range of musical styles from jazz to Impressionism and fuse the tonal colors of Debussy with the lyricism of Franck. The posthumously published one-movement 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 colors 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 Ibragimova rises to these challenges with extraordinary verve. She is accompanied by pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who gives elegant and flawless performances and relishes Ravel's iridescent piano parts.

"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

"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

"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." -The Sunday Times

"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" -The Financial Times

"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

"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 Daily Telegraph

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (11/26/2010-11/28/2010).



Reviews

track listing
1. Tres modere (Violin Sonata in G major-Lekeu)
2. Tres lent
3. Tres anime
4. Violin Sonata No 1 in A major (Ravel)
5. Allegretto (Violin Sonata No 2 in G major-Ravel)
6. Blues:Moderato
7. Perpetuum mobile: Allegro
8. Tzigane (rapsodie de concert-Ravel)
9. Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure(Ravel)

Submitted on 09/21/11 by HB 
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Works Details

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Sonata for violin & piano in G major
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (11/26/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata Posthume for Violin and Piano
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (11/26/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (11/26/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1927

>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (11/26/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922-1924

>Ravel, Maurice : Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (11/26/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922