Vierne and Franck: Violin Sonatas with Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

Vierne and Franck: Violin Sonatas

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Hyperion CDA 68204 @ 314.25 plus P&P

Gramophone “Superb playing and ravishing engineering intertwine here to stunning effect. It’s a modern set-up – Ibragimova on a 1775 Anselmo Bellosio strung with metal, with Tiberghien on a very beautiful and relatively new Steinway D – and it serves as a reminder that you don’t necessarily need period instruments to bring a lightness and air-filled delineation to these densely textured late-Romantic work.”

The Times Neither treads on the other’s toes; equally true when they’re driving the music hard and fast, as in Vierne’s opening allegro or the much more familiar sonata by César Franck. Ibragimova excels at sweeping along, hotly feeling every bar on every track, from the mix of whispered lyricism and incendiary blaze in Ysaÿe’s Poème élégiaque to the delicate pianissmo high-wire act of Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne, the most delectable of encores. What a pleasure dome this album is.”

About the recording ….

The Russian violinist and French pianist bring a refreshing clarity and delicacy to two sonatas written for the Belgian composer-violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. The Franck sonata—one of the best-loved works in the entire Romantic violin repertoire—is one of a trio of delectable Franco-Belgian treats on offer from the acclaimed pair. A bonne bouche from Lili Boulanger completes a particularly enticing recital.

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