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This review is from: J.S Bach: Sonatas & Partitas (Audio CD)
I was greatly moved when I heard Ibragimova play in Manchester and pre-ordered this disc as soon as it became available. It arrived on what was her 24th birthday.
Whar a revelation it is to hear this music played without the ubiquitous use of vibrato. The violin, when it is allowed to speak, has its own characteristic sound, as has the oboe or the clarinet. The over-use of vibrato suppresses it, it demasculates it. She also avoids the mechanical swelling of the middle of every long note, a practice that makes short notes without a swell and long ones with a swell sound as if played on different instruments. There is nothing mechanical about the way Ibragimova shapes her notes, which is always completely natural and highly expressive.
In fact, she plays this music as if it had not been written by another person at all, by a composer, but as if a greast creative surge through her was creating it for the very first time ever. And than that, surely, there can be no greater praise
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2009 16:26:10 GMT
I agree with your review, yet I wonder what other renditions you have heard, since you complain of use of vibrato. To my knowledge (and ears) neither Milstein, Perlman nor Menuhin use it on these works, which means Ibragimova follows these masters' approach, rather than to be revolutionary.
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