Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 4

 
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 4
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

[ Hyperion / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 September 2017

This is a series which continues to redefine the standards by which these works should be performed. As before, the music spans most of Mozart's life, from 1763-when he was just seven years old - to 1782, and (another) unfinished present written for his new wife Constanze.

"Alina Ibragimova and partner Cédric Tiberghien are simply radiant in their conception of these works, easily translating conception into realizations that are at once brilliant, subdued, and exquisitely rendered. The sound is terrific, making this one of the best recordings of these pieces I have heard in a long, long time. I can't testify to the quality of the first three sets, but if they are even close to this one-and there isn't much reason to assume otherwise-we could have a landmark series." Five Stars AudAud

"'time and again [they] demonstrate that a more intimate approach works wonders in capturing the essence of these exquisitely melodious and immaculately structured scores…By the time he composed the C major Sonata, K403, Mozart was interspersing major and minor modes with infinitely more subtlety, and here the exquisite finesse of this cherishable team put them in a class apart." BBC Music Five Stars

"Performers and engineers alike have made sure that the one instrument doesn't swamp or outshine the other, and that neither is unduly spotlit. It all sounds and feels utterly natural...The whole enterprise is near-impossible to fault. Six sonatas left now to complete the cycle, a set that will surely become the modern reference recording." Gramophone Editor's Choice Awards Issue 2017

Tracks:

COMPACT DISC 1
Violin Sonata in F major K377 [21'15]
1 Allegro [6'08]
2 Theme and variations: Andante [8'50]
3 Tempo di Minuetto: Un poco allegretto [6'17]
Violin Sonata in B flat majorK8 [10'07]
4 Allegro [4'20]
5 Andante grazioso [2'48]
6 Menuetto I & II [2'59]

Variations in G minor
K360[10'52]'Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant'
7 Theme: Andantino [1'42]
8 Variation I [1'40]
9 Variation II [1'32]
10 Variation III [1'23]
11 Variation IV [1'36]
12 Variation V: Maggiore [1'40]
13 Variation VI: Minore [1'19]

Violin Sonata in C majorK303 [12'01]
14 Adagio - Molto allegro [5'31]
15 Tempo di Menuetto [6'30]

COMPACT DISC 2
Violin Sonata in C majorK403 [16'53]
completed by Maximilian Stadler (1748 -1833)
1 Allegro moderato [7'36]
2 Andante[2'46]
3 Allegretto[6'31]

W.A. Mozart-Violin Sonatas K303, 377, 378 & 403-Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)