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The fall line,
This review is from: J.S Bach: Sonatas & Partitas (Audio CD)
Ibragimova's version of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas are suffused with the confidence and daring of youth. It's as if she has attained technical mastery and is now prepared to forget whatever has gone before and let her own skills and understanding lead her on. I found this very prevalent in the Presto from the G minor sonata where the clarity of playing and the sheer speed and attack at first seem to threatened to trip over its own feet, but the joyful structure and sounds emerge with marvellous clarity. It was like watching someone jump off the top of a steep ski run and, instead of turning and losing speed for the sake of stability, sticking to the fall line and discovering that this is the most satisfying and pure line of all, and attaining complete and perfect control.
By contrast, she takes the Chaconne quite slowly (14:11) - compared with Grumiaux (13:30) and Wallfisch (13:13), but this feels like an exploration and each note a hesitant step at first. But as it progresses, the confidence rises and the playing gently accelerates and opens out.
I compared Ibragimova's version of this movement with two others I own, Grumiaux and Wallfisch. Both seem thick and blurred by comparison. This may have something to do with the production of Ibragimova's disk, which seems remarkably in sympathy with the player, but I suspect that she actually does play with extreme clarity.