[ Hyperion / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 26 March 2017
The third of the ongoing series from the 'nigh-on ideal' partnership (Gramophone) of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. As before, the programme mixes the early-two works by the precocious ten-year-old-with the mature, and includes Mozart's final violin sonata.
"Avoiding the twin traps of over-inflation and simpering coyness, the symbiotic partnership of Tiberghien and Ibragimova respect the music's innocence while relishing every tiny opportunity for mischief and humour. If the ear is naturally drawn to Tiberghien's limpid, subtly coloured pianism in these keyboard-dominated works, Ibragimova ensures that her discreet contributions always tell." Gramophone Magazine, Editor's Choice, April 2017
"This well established duo, consisting of two quite exceptional players, continue their journey through Mozart's Piano Sonatas on this 2CD set, where a full range of music is offered from two very early ones, K27 and K31, to three of full maturity, including the Sonata in F Major K547. The Violin Sonatas are not the obvious place to begin when seeking to appreciate Mozart's greatness. But, in what is volume three of a complete survey of Mozart's Piano Sonatas, the Tiberghien/Ibragimova duo play with typical understanding, and Hyperion's recording, from May 2015 is first class." Classic FM
"They don't patronise the 10-year-old's works - the allegro of No 16 (B flat major) sparkles in their mercurial hands - but they reserve their finest playing for No 23 (D major) and Mozart's last sonata for this combination in F, No 36." Sunday Times
"it is difficult to image this wonderful score more exquisitely played or radiantly engineered." Five Stars BBC Music May 2017
Violin Sonata No. 12 in G major, K27
Violin Sonata No. 16 in B flat major, K31
Violin Sonata No. 17 in C major, K296
Violin Sonata No. 23 in D major, K306
Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454
Violin Sonata No. 36 in F major, K547 'For Beginners'