Today marks the release of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien’s latest duo CD, with a disc including works by Louis Vierne, César Franck, Eugène Ysaÿe and Lili Boulanger. The disc has been awarded recording of the week by Presto Classical, and selected as one of the finest recordings in March 2019 by Gramophone magazine:
“[Franck sonata] from Ibragimova a sweet, even sound that’s light-toned without being lightweight, supported by a touch from Tiberghien at the keyboard that sounds like mellow, amber-hued raindrops, and all the while a gradual crescendo and strengthening of tone from both so subtle that it happens almost imperceptibly… The Vierne Allegro risoluto equally showcases sharper-edged energy, and yet more golden tenderness with its Andante sostenuto. Add the palette-cleansing Boulanger, and this is wall-to-wall wonderful.” Gramophone, March 2019
Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien first met as members of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme in 2005. The unique partnership which developed between the two artists was picked up by The Times, who concluded its review of Cédric and Alina’s final recital as part of New Generation Artists, at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival, by commenting “Both of these players have the potential to conquer the world”.
The duo have since gone on to perform throughout Europe and in North America, appearing in venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Vancouver Recital Society and the San Francisco Performance series, as well as a major tours of Australia and Asia. The duo is also a regular guest of the Wigmore Hall in London, where it presented an acclaimed complete cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas in the 2009/10 season. This was followed in 2015/16 by a series of five concerts as part of the Hall’s The Mozart Odyssey series which saw them perform the complete sonatas for violin and piano by W A Mozart.