Ibragimova & Tiberghien reviewed in The Australian
Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien travel to Canberra today after a successful concert in Hobart last night. The duo also managed to fit in a visit to the ABC studios in Hobart to speak to Christopher Lawrence on Classic FM.
Meanwhile, we’re beginning to get audience feedback, including these comments from The Australian’s reviewer Eamonn Kelly:
“Ibragimova is a violinist with sophistication, intelligence, and cohesive and soulful expression. Sympathetically paired with the broad, deeply musical palette of young French pianist Cedric Tiberghien, she displays the dignified maturity of a musician on the cusp of greatness.
The program spanned a century of central European repertoire, with masterwork violin sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Strauss along with Szymanowski’s neoclassical triptych, Mythes. (A second program for this Musica Viva tour includes music by Beethoven, Schumann, Janacek and Paul Stanhope.)
The high point was a nuanced, deeply expressive account of the Brahms Violin Sonata No 1 in G. Extremely lyrical, this sonata shifts swiftly from moments of hushed introspection to desperate outbursts that suddenly evaporate into passages of tranquil lullaby and pastoral vigour.
With piano and violin tightly interwoven, the duo revealed myriad, rarely glimpsed details while retaining fluency and cohesion.
The adagio was achingly delicate, stillness unifying oscillations between wispy melancholy and earthy intensity. The sonata’s final notes were stunning, coming to rest with the most intimate caress of keys and strings.
Possessing distinctive interpretation and secure fingerwork, Ibragimova most impressed with her expertly controlled bowing, enabling diverse and subtle expression. This was unmistakable in the slower, quieter passages of Schubert’s Sonatina in G and Strauss’s Sonata in E-flat, and throughout the Szymanowski, with its shimmering translucence and burnished voicings.”