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Mendelssohn Violin Concertos, Alina Ibragimova

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The young violinist Alina Ibragimova is already established as an admired recording artist, standing alongside great artists of the past and present with her versions of Bach and Beethoven’s violin works. She appears on this latest release with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Vladimir Jurowski (in his Hyperion premiere) in a programme which includes a classic of the concerto repertoire: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64. Ibragimova’s is a glittering, knife-edge performance, her playing a portrayal in itself of the music’s passion held in control through exquisite craft. The Violin Concerto in D minor—an unusual and welcome pairing—is an early work, written when the composer was only thirteen. As with Mendelssohn’s other juvenile works it is extraordinarily accomplished and exceedingly charming.  (Hyperion)

Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor Op 64
The Hebrides Op 26
Violin Concerto in D minor (1822)

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Alina Ibragimova
violin
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Hyperion, 2012

BBC RADIO 3 CD REVIEW DISC OF THE WEEK
DAILY TELEGRAPH CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK

“This performance of the E minor Concerto is splendid in many ways. The OAE, with its period instruments, delivers textures of unusual transparency and Alina Ibragimova’s playing combines verve, brilliance and imaginative intelligence”  Gramophone

‘”Ibragimova’s subtle changes of colour and prodigious range of articulation are things to wonder at” The Guardian

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