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Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041/42; BWV 1052, 1055/56 / Alina Ibragimova, violin; Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
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.

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

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Alina Ibragimova, who turns 31 this year, was born in Russia, studied in the UK, and did serious work in early music at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. She also studied with the superb Christian Tetzlaff and performs on both period and modern instruments. English cellist and conductor Jonathan Cohen is the founder of Arcangelo (here 4-3-2-2-1 period strings plus a lute and harpsichord for continuo) and associate conductor of Les Arts Florissants.

They play these concertos using no vibrato. At first it felt like "no vibrato with a vengeance", but very quickly I thought, "If anyone thinks players can't make truly beautiful music without vibrato, they should listen to this recording." One key is that Ibragimova's and Cohen's tuning is so bright and absolutely perfect that I'd swear they tune at 440. They do tune at exactly one-half step lower, which feels comfortable to modern ears versus some in-between pitch. Another key is their highly nuanced and expressive style. Every phrase is shaped, every melody inflected with shading and orchestral transparency, every rhythm alive and buoyant, and the slow movements flow in dreamy serenity with the gorgeous lute continuo filling in the sometimes lean orchestral lines. Probably the most important key here is that this music is made by 16 musicians who play chamber music like a string quartet; they listen and respond to one another, balancing chord and lines exquisitely. And bless the engineers who "set it and forget it", leaving all in the hands of Cohen. The rich, warm, and transparent sound helps immeasurably.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/08/2014-08/10/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/08/2014-08/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/08/2014-08/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/08/2014-08/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/08/2014-08/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/08/2014-08/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738