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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Scintillating Szymanowski, 30 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Szymanowski: Violin & Piano Music (Audio CD)
Even though most (if not all) of the music presented on this shimmering disc cannot be well known to those who came to love classical music via Bach, Beethoven & Brahms, it struck me almost immediately WHY this music is so rarely performed: the technical and emotional difficulties involved in presenting even a passable performance of Szymanowski's music for piano and violin are simply staggering!

Yes, you must be a virtuoso, with irreproachable interpretive style and technique, but you must be so much more than that; you must be able to step outside yourself and look at this music from a "bird's-eye" perspective, darting this way and then that, landing only temporarily to find your bearings, and then off again around the next twisting and turning phrase that only carries you all the further away from yourself and what you thought was possible.

Sound impossible? For mere mortals, yes, but not for Ibragimova and Tiberghien!

If you have heard their traversal of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (recorded LIVE, no less, at the Wigmore Hall in London) than you will know how fiercely talented these two relative newcomers are and how everything they seem to touch - from Beethoven to Ravel to Szymanowski - will make you declare, possibly even against your own will, that "I just heard this music for the very first time!"

In all fairness, this is not music for the faint of heart, very much in the vain of his countryman Chopin in that it is so unashamedly emotional. In fact, a great deal of this amazing music is hair-raising, but maybe not for the reasons you might think. Everyone and their Mother have been drilled from early childhood to keep their emotions in check, for "What would the world come to if everyone expressed themselves without sensible restraint?"

Szymanowski apparently missed that lecture - along with the two performers herewith - as you will not hear even one micro-second of music that did not originate in the very depths of his overly emotional Polish soul.

You can wait around... and hope that other more "well known" and "established" musicians take up this flaming torch... but THIS performance of THIS music will remain a milestone of the glory that is Szymanowski for many long years to come.

Beyond gorgeous, wonderfully scintillating and whole-heartedly recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The works - and all the works, 2 Mar 2010
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An enthralling guide to the complete works for violin and piano by Szymanowski, performed to the highest level by two former BBC Young Generation artists. Ibragimova's sensitive phrasing, passion and immaculate intonation is matched all the way by her regular duo partner, Cedric Thibergien. A CD to cherish.
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