Violin Sonatas Vol 2

Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien

(Wigmore Hall)

3 star rating
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With Viktoria Mullova’s visionary CD performance of the Kreutzer Sonata still ringing in the ears, not to mention Renaud Capuçon’s complete set, do we need another recording of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano?

Ibragimova and Tiberghien made a pleasing impression in the first volume of their cycle, and its successor is equally polished, especially in the Spring Sonata. But Ibragimova is too polite: she fails to probe the music in the way her more experienced Russian compatriot does.

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