Prokofiev - Violin Sonatas, Five Melodies
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Cat No: CDA67514
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th June 2014
WorksMelodies (5) for violin and piano, op.35b
Violin Sonata no.1 in F minor, op.80
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.94a
ArtistsAlina Ibragimova (violin)
Steven Osborne (piano)
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.
‘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 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
1Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1 In F Minor, Op. 80 - 1. Andante Assai
2Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1 In F Minor, Op. 80 - 2. Allegro Brusco
3Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1 In F Minor, Op. 80 - 3. Andante
4Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #1 In F Minor, Op. 80 - 4. Allegrissimo
5Prokofiev: 5 Melodies, Op. 35bis - #1 Andante
6Prokofiev: 5 Melodies, Op. 35bis - #2 Lento, Ma Non Troppo
7Prokofiev: 5 Melodies, Op. 35bis - #3 Animato, Ma Non Allegro
8Prokofiev: 5 Melodies, Op. 35bis - #4 Allegretto Leggero & Scherzando
9Prokofiev: 5 Melodies, Op. 35bis - #5 Andante Non Troppo
10Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2 In D, Op. 94bis - 1. Moderato
11Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2 In D, Op. 94bis - 2. Scherzo: Presto
12Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2 In D, Op. 94bis - 3. Andante
13Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2 In D, Op. 94bis - 4. Allegro Con Brio
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