In response to a plea from an Ibragimova fan, here she is, in the Beethoven concerto, with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. The recording dates from 2009, but I have no further details.
It's in mp3 at 192kbs, in good radio sound. What can I say about her that I haven't said before? She's a heck of a musician.
My childhood was greatly enriched by those wonderful budget recordings my parents bought in the local supermarket, and, when I got a job at nights in a pub, a sizeable chunk of my spare cash went on them too.
Some of the artists were more famous names working under pseudonyms, but more were honest-to-goodness working musicians who may not have been glitzy, but who turned in a musical and professional performance.
The wonderful people at Rediscovery lovingly remaster these old recordings, often from reel-to-reel tape. They make their polished products available for a mere five bucks an album to download, and furthermore they make a whole slew of recordings available for free – their paperback classics section. The paperback classics are recordings they tried to refurbish but that didn't meet their rather high standards!