Recording of the Month: Prokofiev’s Violin Sonatas

James McCarthy Wed 30th July 2014

Featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Steven Osborne

The new recording of Prokofiev's violin sonatas by violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Steven Osborne has been named Recording of the Month in the August issue of Gramophone. Reviewing the album, Geoffrey Norris wrote, 'it is the personality and voice of Prokofiev that shine through in Ibragimova and Osborne’s playing, with the traits that lend both sonatas their individuality of expression securely enshrined, defined and projected.'

Ibragimova's recordings have been consistently well-received since her debut release dedicated to the music of KA Hartmann in 2007. In June 2011, Duncan Druce chose Ibragimova's recording of Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas above all others in his Gramophone Collection article. Her Beethoven violin sonatas series from Wigmore Hall Live with pianist Cédric Tiberghien is also highly recommended.

Last year, Steven Osborne won the Gramophone Instrumental Award for his recording of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. He won his first Gramophone Award in 2009 for his recording of Britten's Piano Concerto. Several of his recordings have been named Gramophone Editor's Choice from Rachmaninov and Debussy, to Messiaen and Alkan.

Caroline Gill met up with Osborne and Ibragimova to explore the the fascinating details in the score of Prokofiev's First Violin Sonata in the August issue (out now)

You can listen to an extract from the album below:

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