Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BACH Violin Concertos

“Alina Ibragimova makes a strikingly distinctive contribution, albeit subtle and restrained…she introduces minute expressive emphases and nuances into her solo line, sustaining the hypnotic motoric pulse…Jonathan Cohen's choice of lute as well as harpsichord among the continuo forces invites another distinctive feature…the scale of the period instrument forces is ideal: orchestral violins in threes making for a warm and perfectly tuned contrast to the soloist. Outstanding.” --BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

BBC Music Magazine Disc of the month - December 2015

Alina Ibragimova (violin) -  Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Alina Ibragimova recently transfixed Proms audiences with her live solo Bach performances. Back in the studio she has teamed up with the expert Arcangelo to record five Bach Violin Concertos, two undisputed masterpieces and three probable reconstructions: all to be treasured.

“Ibragimova’s playing, from the very first entry, is surprisingly sweet-toned; even in the relatively boisterous first movement the instrument constantly sings, and she’s not afraid to let the sustained notes ring out a little...Occasional guitar-like strumming further reinforces the South European feel, though the rich darkness of the theorbo’s lower reaches ensures that the music never becomes excessively airy.” --Presto Classical, 23rd October 2015

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