Vierne & Franck: Violin Sonatas

 
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LOUIS VIERNE / CESAR FRANCK
Vierne & Franck: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 March 2019

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.

"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 works." - Gramophone Editor's Choice, March 2019

"This is simply superb in every way…Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien are typically outstanding throughout, playing with exceptional control without ever forsaking spontaneity…Make no mistake,... - BBC Music Magazine, May 2019

"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." The Times

Tracks:

EUGÈNE YSAŸE
1 Poème élégiaque Op 12 [14'43]

CÉSAR FRANCK
Violin Sonata in A major [27'31]
2 Allegretto ben moderato [6'25]
3 Allegro [7'35]
4 Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato [7'48]
5 Allegretto poco mosso [5'43]

LOUIS VIERNE
Violin Sonata in G minor Op 23 [32'53]
6 Allegro risoluto [6'45]
7 Andante sostenuto [10'14]
8 Intermezzo: Quasi vivace [3'53]
9 Largamente - Allegro agitato [12'01]

LILI BOULANGER (1893-1918)
10 Nocturne [3'14]

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