13 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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3 Ratings

Hanslick1956 ,

Gramophone's recording of the month for August 2014!

This recording deserves the designation. Ibragimova has been a storyteller with other music, but here she and Osborne seems to channel the very soul of Prokofiev. Their second movement of Op. 80 is, to my ears, the most exciting on record; and the third movement is, simply put, gorgeous! The recording of Ibragimova's violin seems a bit distant, but she and Stephen Osborne are evenly matched. They bring a nice amount of abandon in the first movement of Op. 94bis. Ibragimov's storytelling comes To the fore in the 5 Melodies, appropriate since they are songs without words.

There are a plethora of great recording of these two sonatas, as well as the melodies, so listening to them all again has been a treat. It is certainly instructive listening to Oistrakh play these pieces considering his closeness to the source. Lev Oborin is a good partner in the Op. 80 I listened to. Oistrakh's double stops in the first movement are really wonderful. I like Gidon Kremer's bringing out the music's folk qualities. And, of course, the Gidon Kremer/Martha Agerich versions are full of drama. Janine Jansen and Itmar Golan seem to me to be more introspective in the Op. 80. James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong also bring some, wonderful drama to the Op. 80 And his third movement gave me real chills.

These are all worthy renditions of the sonatas. Definitely recordings worth exploring.

Boolez ,

Tremendous Piano Playing!!!!

So-so with the violin. Would have much prefered to hear this played with a better violinist. -Bz

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