[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015
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Alina Ibragimova recently transfixed Proms audiences with her live solo Bach performances. Back in the studio she has teamed up with the expert Arcangelo to record five Bach Violin Concertos, two undisputed masterpieces and three probable reconstructions: all to be treasured.
"Alina Ibragimova makes a strikingly distinctive contribution, albeit subtle and restrained…she introduces minute expressive emphases and nuances into her solo line, sustaining the hypnotic motoric pulse…Jonathan Cohen's choice of lute as well as harpsichord among the continuo forces invites another distinctive feature…the scale of the period instrument forces is ideal: orchestral violins in threes making for a warm and perfectly tuned contrast to the soloist. Outstanding." (BBC Music Recording of the Month Dec 2015)
'I can't claim to have heard all the available versions … but this is without question one of the best of the many recordings of this work that I do know.' (MusicWeb International)
'Ibragimova infuses the concertos with an improvisational freedom that is true to Bach's time, and Jonathan Cohen and the period ensemble Arcangelo supply an energetic accompaniment that gives the music vigor and interest' (AllMusic, USA)
"This is an outstanding and distinctive addition to a catalogue busting at the seams" (Gramophone)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
Violin Concerto in A major, BWV1055
Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV1056
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV1052