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Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas, Five Melodies / Ibragimova, Osborne

Prokofiev / Ibragimova / Osborne
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67514   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Alina IbragimovaSteven Osborne
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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.

– Gramophone [8/2014]

‘One of the biggest joys of the London concert scene in recent years has been the opening up of the musical world of Alina Ibragimova, a world that seems to know no bounds … here she was partnered by Steven Osborne—a meeting of minds and talents that had that paradoxical effect, common to the best collaborations, of two strongly contrasted individuals speaking with one voice. The First Sonata really let fly … quiet but
Read more powerfully sustained in the slow music, a fount of uncorked energy in the more frequent fast sections, Ibragimova dug deep into Prokofiev’s aching heart, profiling the jagged motifs of the Allegro brusco second movement as vividly as she tore into the syncopated rhythms of the battling finale—every phrase stamped with conviction and gravitas’ (Financial Times)

Hyperion is delighted to present a collaboration—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, in 1938, 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 in D major is of a very different character—generally sunny and carefree, though still with occasional fleeting shadows from the dark world of the First Sonata. 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 this Sonata to create the Second Violin Sonata, Op 94bis.

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Steven Osborne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Steven Osborne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1946; USSR 
Melodies (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Steven Osborne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Unusual Prokofiev  September 26, 2014 By Archibald S. See All My Reviews "The F minor sonata is certainly expressive of Prokofiev's dark days in Russia of the 1930's. However, I felt that the piano overwhelmed the violin in much of this performance, especially in the bass, which prevented the full effect of the sonata to come through. Some of the "wind in the night" violin passages in the first movement were almost imperceptible. This imbalance may be due to the recording setup rather than the performance itself. The D major sonata is more upbeaat and tuneful, typical of Prokofiev's light side. The violin-piano balance is better in this sonata, and also in the Five Melodies, resulting in more enjoyable performances. The sound quality on this disc is excellent, especially the piano. I listened to it using an Oppo BDP 95 player (stereo output), a B&K 3220 power amplifier and B&W CM 10 loudspeakers." Report Abuse
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