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Presto Classical: Alina Ibragimova on Shostakovich

Alina Ibragimova chats with Katherine Cooper on her new recording of the Shostakovich Violin Concertos with Vladimir Jurowski, Russian repertoire, a new socially-distanced recording project, and more. "I started learning No. 1 at school, when I was 15 or 16," says Alina. "I was studying with a Russian teacher then, and she really took time to tell me about all the background and history and made sure I got to know influential films and books of the same period. And then the Second Concerto has been more recent – I learnt that a few years ago. I’ve always loved playing both pieces, and I’ve always felt very close to Shostakovich’s music more generally..."

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