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Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas nos. 1 & 2; Five Melodies / Alina Ibragimova (vln), Steven Osborne (pno)

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Melodies (5) for violin & piano, Op. 35 bis
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion is delighted to present a special collaboration - already 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, 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 is of a very different character - generally sunny and carefree, though still with occasional fleeting shadows. 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 the work.

BBC Music 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.

Financial Times, 19th June 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.

Gramophone Magazine, August 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.

David Smith, Presto Classical, 14th July 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.

Sunday Times, 6th 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.

The Telegraph, 4th July 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 Times, 27th June 2014
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/11/2013-07/13/2013).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/11/2013-07/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1946

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Melodies (5) for violin & piano, Op. 35 bis
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/11/2013-07/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/11/2013-07/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944