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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3 / Ibragimova

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for violin & piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for violin & piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
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Notes & Reviews:

Marking the end of their unanimously-praised series, "star-kissed young performers," [The Times] Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien, release the third and final volume in their live recordings of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas. The duo's recordings on Wigmore Hall Live have set new standards, with volumes one and two garnering superb 5 star reviews and many 'Editor's choice' accolades. This last release features Sonatas No.6 in A op.30 No.1 and No. 3 in E flat op.12, as well as the No.9 in A op.47, better known as the "Kreutzer", Beethoven's biggest and most challenging sonata.

"This young partnership mesmerises and captivates, achieving rare freshness and vitality in the most familiar repertoire...Ibragimova has no musical inhibitions, and brings period and contemporary performance knowledge to her nimble, lucid playing. Tiberghien is a fiery, daredevil but musically supportive pianist. They sprint through the first movement presto of the "Kreutzer", especially, with self-evident joy." -The Observer

"Ibragimova and Tiberghien show just how complex Beethoven's emotional language can be - impassioned and direct one moment, wickedly ironic the next - while keeping a tight grip on overall structure...As before, the players are alert, agile and acutely responsive to each other at every turn, and Ibragimova's tone retains that paradoxical balance between apparent fragility and intense inner strength...Excellent live recordings too." -BBC Music

"This new recording...catches both the grandeur and the grace...The two players are in total accord...Tiberghien undoubtedly has the harder job technically. There are some finger-twisting triplets in the variation movement of the A major Sonata, but he dances through them with ease...[Ibragimova] may look elfin, but in the Kreutzer her rough tone suggests unhinged passion." -The Daily Telegraph

"Particularly impressive is Ibragimova's tone: never unduly sweet, and coloured with an astringency that remains absolutely right for Beethoven, while remaining free of an unpleasant edginess...The prize of this disc is a stunning 'Kreutzer' Sonata, here gaining a performance that conveys the work's inherent grandeur better than any other I have heard...there is no doubt that this cycle ranks with any and surpasses many." -International Record Review

"Their playing has a powerful sense of progress through the series of modulations, born, I imagine, out of the intensity of live performance...their account of the Kreutzer's first movement, with its Furtwängler-like broadening at the climax of the coda, unmistakably exposes the music's portrayal of emotional turmoil." -Gramophone

"This live performance positively fizzes with shared inspiration." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (05/25/2010).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for violin & piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30/1
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1801-02.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1797-98.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
  • Performers: Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802-1803