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      July 27, 2014

      Prokofiev: Five Melodies, Op 35bis (11:49)

      Alina Ibragimova, violin; Steven Osborne, piano

      In his works for the violin, Prokofiev produced some of his most personal and expressive music. Both of his Violin Sonatas were written for David Oistrakh. The darker First was begun against the backdrop of Stalin’s Great Terror in 1938. The Sonata No 2 is of a very different character—generally sunny and carefree. The Five Melodies are arrangements of earlier wordless songs. Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne present recordings of these three works following concerts that were described by the Financial Times as “a meeting of minds and talents that had that paradoxical effect, common to the best collaborations, of two strongly contrasted individuals speaking with one voice.”

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