Alina Ibragimova plays a wide range of repertoire and seems able to vary her vibrato at will, from the Romantic warmth of Lekeu to the vibrato-less austerity of her solo Bach. She is very convincing at both, and here, opting for something between the two, she proves just as incisive in giving a fresh projection to Mendelssohn's ever-popular E minor concerto, while no doubt winning new fans for the charming, if less memorable D minor one, written when the composer was only thirteen ... In the E minor, she does make the piece sound very new, with some quite individual shaping of the solo line. Nothing sounds automated, yet it holds together very well - take for instance the rising thirds in triplets in the first movement, which she breaks up into smaller bunches of notes. It could sound mannered, but actually the effect is very engaging and musical, and her sound has a focus that gives a sense of a high-wire act. This quality dominates in the D minor work also - they say Mendelssohn was the most precocious musical talent of all, and hearing this piece you can certainly believe it. Ibragimova makes it sound very winning and is ably backed by Vladimir Jurowski, who turns in a bracing performance of the Hebrides Overture between the two to make this a disc of singular originality - she really makes this music breathe and sing, against an orchestra of unprecedented vividness in this repertoire.