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Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos in E minor and D minor / Alina Ibragimova, violin

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 program which includes a classic of the concerto repertoire - Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. 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.

International Record Review
Alina Ibragimova is a player of great musical imagination and intelligence and this combined with superb technique - produces some exceptional results...

MusicWeb International, March 2013
Ibragimova's performance suggests she perceives Mendelssohn as a pure classicalist. She and conductor Jurowski downplays any aspect of the music that might suggest Mendelssohn harbored any Romantic inclinations. The performance uses very little rubato, and Jurowski urges the orchestra ever forward.

The Guardian, 18th October 2012
Her subtle changes of colour and prodigious range of articulation are things to wonder at. The outer movements of the E minor Concerto are dazzling: Ibragimova sets off at a fearsome pace in the finale and not only sustains it, but keeps every detail of her phrasing crystal clear in the process.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Ibragimova's playing combines verve, brilliance and imaginative intelligence. Mendelssohn's dynamics are scrupulously observed...But if listeners that they are hearing an approximation of an 1840s performance, they should think again. No one could accuse Ibragimova of vibrating excessively, yet she uses vibrato on the modern way, to aid tone production and projection.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/02/2011-09/04/2011).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/02/2011-09/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/02/2011-09/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 12/11/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/02/2011-09/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1822