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Ravel: Complete Music For Violin And Piano; Lekeu: Violin Sonata

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  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, Guillaume Lekeu
  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00570JXYC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Sonata in G major (GUILLAUME LEKEU)
2. Violin Sonata No 1 in A major (MAURICE RAVEL)
3. Violin Sonata No 2 in G major (MAURICE RAVEL)
4. Tzigane Rapsodie de concert (MAURICE RAVEL)
5. Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (MAURICE RAVEL)

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Maurice Ravels mature works for violin and piano have established a central place in the core recital repertoire and are considered among the most popular of the genre. These diverse works acknowledge the influences of a range of musical styles from jazz to Impressionism and fuse the tonal colours of Debussy with the lyricism of Franck. The posthumously published one-movement Violin Sonata, written by Ravel as a student, is a lyrical precursor to the composers stunning Violin Sonata in G major with its unique character and adoption of the blues idiom. Thespontaneity, tonal colours and exotic soundscapes in Ravels violin music call for immense skill in interpretation, and passages in the frenzied Tzigane test the limits of the performers virtuosity. Violinist Alina Ibragmiova rises to these challenges with extraordinary verve. Recent winner of the Royal Philharmonic Societys prestigious Young Artist of the Year award, she displays a vast expressive range and interpretative maturity. She is accompanied by pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who gives elegant and flawless performances and relishes Ravels iridescent piano parts. The addition of Guillaume Lekeus masterwork, the extensive and engaging Violin Sonata, makes this major new release a chamber disc to treasure.


Another captivating disc,which captures the heady sensuality and distinctive Gallic colours of Ravel and Lekeu in all their pristine glory. ***** EDITORS CHOICE --Classic fm Magazine,Oct'11

Ibragimova charms with more than limpid tone.Whether it is the willingness to sound dirty in the 'blues',or the hush caresses in the heart of the posthumous Sonata,it is clear she is under the skin of this music. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magaine,Oct'11

This is a most enjoyable disc, not just for the splendid performances but for the programme,which adds Guillame Lekeu's Violin Sonata to the complete work for violin and piano by Ravel. --IRR,Sept'11

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien have become today's partnership of choice for violin and piano repertory. Their reputation is founded on their Beethoven, but they are just as compelling on this disc of music by Ravel and Guillaume Lekeu, the talented Belgian composer who died young in 1894. Ravel's best-known work for violin and piano is the brief but glorious Tzigane of 1924, but he was sometimes uneasy with the combination. He left his meandering First Violin Sonata incomplete in 1897. Its successor, begun in 1923, occupied him on and off for four years; you could argue that its tremendous central Blues, and its Perpetuum Mobile finale, are not an ideal fit with the opening Allegretto. By contrast, Lekeu's magisterial, post-Wagnerian Sonata displays a supremely natural sense of ebb and flow. The performance is particularly strong, with Ibragimova and Tiberghien alert to its underlying logic and self-conscious rapture. The Ravel is superbly done, too. Above all, the Tzigane is the real showstopper here: Ibragimova dispatches it with breathtaking dexterity.**** --Guardian,13/10/11

It all adds up to a must-hear recital. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone Awards issue'11

...the communicative spontaneity and freshness of (Ibragimova's) phrasing, the luminous delicacy of her tone, are remarkable. ***** --Musical Opinion,Mar/Apr'12

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Mar 2012
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This is a particularly important recording for the Lekeu, I feel, which isn't otherwise represented on disc in the modern era. Earlier versions by Christian Ferras and Yehudi Menuhin can't really compete in terms of sound, and as another reviewer has said, the tone of Cedric Tiberghien's piano really is amazing - full and sonorous, and realizing the beautiful sound world of Lekeu's writing. And what an amazing work it is - passionate and rhapsodic, with the phrases soaring like a nightingale on a night like no other. Alina Ibragimova has a superb intensity in her sound that is cushioned by the piano's broader tone in a perfect balance. The Ravel is also very fine, allowing us to hear the famous later work straight after his early essay in the form, which I actually think I prefer. For anyone who likes Ravel these imaginative interpretations are required listening, but it is the Lekeu that I find really exciting! The cover painting by Paul Ranson is very lovely also, both in colour and style, and is at one with the Lekeu in its rarity, and the surprise thereof ... it is a disc that has been lovingly produced in every aspect.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Del on 9 Nov 2011
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Once again a thrilling recording from Alina Ibragimova and , Cédric Tiberghien.
I bought this CD on the strength of their recordings of the Beethoven sonatas - Beethoven: Violin SonatasBeethoven: Violin Sonatas Vol.3 (Ibragimova/Tiberghien)Beethoven Violin Sonatas Vol. 2 (Alina Ibragimova / Cedric Tiberghien) - and have been thoroughly delighted by music that I would possibly not otherwise have come across.
Reviews of the pair tend to highlight the violin playing (I suppose that goes with the territory in this repertoire), but I'd like to add a few words of praise for Cédric Tiberghien; his playing is sensitive and bold and this is in no way an unequal partnership, but one of true understanding and respect.
As with the Beethoven discs what strikes me is the complete lack of ego from the performers, the playing is virtuosic, but never self-conscious. You feel like you are hearing the composer and their music not a showy performance.
Both payers are remarkable in their ability to play pianissimo with hardly any reduction in the fullness of tone, quiet passages simply glow.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Olly Lewis on 4 Oct 2011
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This is a really splendid recording of music that can sometimes feel a little remote. Ibragimova is a fantastic talent - she throws herself at the music whilst never appearing overly showy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Jazz and Impressionism on display 17 Oct 2011
By GEORGE RANNIE - Published on Amazon.com
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Alina Ibragimova on violin and Cedric Tiberchen on piano perform Ravel's Violin Sonatas in A and G major plus his very challenging "Tzigane" so very well that their performances gave me "goose-bumps". Listening again to the Violin Sonata in G major and the "Tzigane" which were composed in the 1920s by Ravel, I was keenly reminded that the composer was highly influenced by American-jazz because, to me, those compositions vividly "capture" the so-called "jazz-age". At least, as played in this marvelous recording. Ravel's "Berceuse" which is his tribute to Gabriel Faure, to me, really captures the Impressionistic "feel" of Debussy so very well as does the 1st sonata in A Major; the Berceuse is so lush and beautiful sounding. Alina and Cedric play it so lovingly and beautifully. As filler, there is Guillaume Lekeu traditional, with eyes on Franck, Violin Sonata in G major that is performed most brilliantly.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unlimited talent! 30 Jun 2012
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
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Alina Ibragimova is today, not only one of the most talented violinists of his generation, but has such verve, that tone and that innate expressive power that translates into a natural flowing cantabile seemingly effortless but it makes it to the core of the score.

In fact her playing reminds me of Johanna Martzy tone, and the bravura passages of none other than David Oistrakh.

Her future as a performer is just out of sight. She returned to the violin that nobility that only the great ones are capable. Her lineage belongs to the elite of the renowned soloists on the instrument.

Check it for yourself once you purchase this album.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully written and played 18 Nov 2012
By bayou ben - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD includes Ravels two violin sonatas which were beautifully written and played with great emotion and feeling. The violin and piano alternate with exuberance and sadness.
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