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Szymanowski: Complete Music For Violin And Piano / Ibragimova, Tiberghien


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67703   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina IbragimovaCédric Tiberghien
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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SZYMANOWSKI Sonata, op. 9. Romance, op. 23. Nocturne and Tarantella, op. 28. Mythes. La berceuse d’Aïtacho Enia. 3 Caprices de Paganini Alina Ibragimova (vn); Cédric Tiberghien (pn) HYPERION 67703 (76:34)


Enter Sheherazade. From the opening eerie bars of the Nocturne and Read more Tarantella (the program’s lead item), one senses that this is less a performance than an enchantment. In his richly considered liner essay, the estimable Francis Pott notes that “the violin and piano parts interact seamlessly, demanding great intuitive subtlety and telepathy from both players.” Ibragimova and Tiberghien evince a rapport so fluently natural that one simply takes it as given, marveling only afterward. The piano seldom furnishes accompaniment in the ordinary sense, by the way, but is written to self-effacingly provide an elaborate, complex, affetuoso web of sonority as background for the violin, with occasional flickers of “Yes, Ma’am” dialogue. Perhaps the most telling compliment one could pay Tiberghien is to say that he complements Ibragimova superbly. Likewise, Ibragimova’s stunningly potent technique—the stuff of legend even in the close scrutiny ( especially in the close scrutiny!) of the digital age—is soon forgotten in a sensuous croon through which the more extravagantly impossible the violinistic hurdles, the more ecstatically glorious her tone becomes. Indeed, hurdles do not exist for her, and the usual descriptive and critical terms are useless, if only because they suggest comparison with other artists suddenly dwarfed by the incomparable. Such phrases as “a tonal palette ranging from guttural coruscations to the most brilliantly glowing scintillance” simply will not do. There is a touch of the uncanny here, even a suggestion of the human voice—as of whispers, sighs, moans, wailing—in which the notes dissolve into a direct spiritual prehension. Ibragimova does not play or perform—she utterly possesses.


The Mythes are sung to visible apparition in the mind’s eye, the quivering ear. The Violin Sonata, rather than a short-winded and formally clumsy exercise set off by empurpled lyricism, acquires conviction, dignity, and the compelling utterance of an indisputable masterpiece. The Paganini re-writes buzz and hum with preternatural poetry, the attenuations of La berceuse d’Aïtacho Enia become a radiant aura, and even the gilded lily Romance seems to reveal some lurid secret. One is reminded of the fabled Liszt-Thalberg “duel.” You recall the verdict— “Thalberg is the greatest pianist in the world.” Violinists, some very great ones among them, are Thalbergs. And you remember the sponsoring princess’s final qualifier—“Liszt is the only pianist in the world.” The world of the violin has suffered a tsunami—Ibragimova is in a class by herself. The undisclosed recording venue is open and both instruments, exquisitely balanced, are captured at the point where detail flares into color. Recommendation is superfluous.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Myths (3), Op. 30 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Poland 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9: 1st movement, Allegro moderato by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9: 2nd movement, Andantino tranquillo e dolce by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9: 3rd movement, Allegro molto quasi presto by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Paganini Caprices (3), Op. 40 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Poland 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
La berceuse d'Aïtacho Enia, Op. 52 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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