Sonata No.1 in F minor for Violin and Piano, Op.80
Sonata No.2 in D for Violin and Piano, Op.94a
Five Melodies, Op.35a
Alina Ibragimova (violin) & Steven Osborne (piano)
Recorded 11-15 July 2013 in Henry Wood Hall, London
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: July 2014
CD No: HYPERION CDA67514
Duration: 61 minutes
The Second Violin Sonata, by contrast, is more classical, even extending to an exposition repeat in the first movement (observed, and played with affection), music that is elegant and untroubled if a little fantastical. Such unpredictability forms a backdrop to the work as a whole, whether the spiky if playful scherzo, nifty and precise here, the touchingly lyrical Andante and the confident if striving finale, a rarefied tune introduced halfway through. Like the D major Sonata (originally for flute and piano), the Five Melodies are also transcribed, this time from female-voice and piano originals. Each is a miniature with a heightened expressive content, suggestive, sultry and picturesque, the central piece opening with a passionate outburst, the next one attractively laidback, the finale akin to the setting of the sun.
These impressive, interactive and insightful accounts of music associated with David Oistrakh make for a welcome and important addition to the Prokofiev catalogue.