Lammermuir Festival Concert
7:30 pm - September 11, 2023
Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne
The partnership of Russian-born Alina Ibragimova and our Patron Steven Osborne has been hailed as one of the most exciting on the concert stage today. Their 2014 recording of Prokofiev’s violin sonatas brought five-star superlatives from the critics.
The F minor Sonata, composed against the background of Stalin’s Great Terror in 1938, is a tragic masterpiece plumbing depths of despair and horror while, in contrast, the Second Sonata is altogether calmer and brighter in mood, even if uneasy currents flow beneath the surface.
. . . spellbinding . . . truly hair-raising . . . it's clear that this duo is capable of the subtlest interplay. Steven Osborne is the lion, or the demon, that needs taming by Alina Ibragimova's fiddler, dancing - sometimes ever so frailly - on the volcano.
BBC Music Magazine