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The Times: LPO performance review

July 2019

The violinist Viktoria Mullova and the cellist Matthew Barley are project people. Neither wife nor husband features much on the regular concerto circuit, but every now and then they emerge with something new and striking.

The Arts Desk 13 May 2019

May 2019

Visit Ainola, Sibelius’s woodland house by Lake Tuusula north of Helsinki, and you’ll be told the story of the green stove. It appears that the famously synaesthetic Finnish composer identified the shade of his heating installation with the key of F major. Asked to attach a colour to the lustrous performance of his D minor violin concerto given last night by Viktoria Mullova and Paavo Järvi with the Philharmonia, I’d plump for a rich autumnal red-brown, glinting with bright golden highlights at the top but grounded in earth tones of a sumptuous depth.

7 May 2019

May 2019

Royal Northern Sinfonia, under the baton of Kristiina Poska, took an audience at Sage Gateshead on an intriguing musical journey in a concert entitled Baltic Exploration.

Thomas May Musical America

November 2018

SEATTLE—Making its U.S. premiere at the center of Seattle Symphony’s most recent program, Pascal Dusapin’s At Swim-Two-Birds (heard on November 8) immediately stood out as one of the most significant commissions in music director Ludovic Morlot’s tenure (ends this season).

Royal Festival Hall, LPO/Orozco-Estrada

November 2018

In the first half, with the composer in attendance, Pascal Dusapin’s intriguingly-titled At Swim-Two-Birds, owing to the 1939 eponymous “experimental” novel by Flann O’Brien, not that the music mirrors the book, says the composer.

Music review: Viktoria Mullova & Katia Labèque

September 2018

There was no thematic focus to this programme so consequently the music felt unanchored too. Mullova’s opener, an account of Prokofiev’s Sonata for solo violin in D major, was the highlight. Her agile string crossings and rhythmical attack were dramatic while her lyricism underpinned quieter moments.

Festival Music reviews: Viktoria Mullova & Katia LabequeQueen’s Hall, four stars

September 2018

IT IS not too fanciful, I think, to see violinist Viktoria Mullova’s Festival recital, in partnership with pianist Katia Labeque, in terms of her life journey. It is 35 years since her defection from the Soviet Union while on tour in Scandinavia, and the work with which she chose to open, Prokofiev’s fiery solo violin sonata, was written 35 years before that, to a commission from the state for a piece to stretch young players.

Viktoria Mullova releases new Prokofiev recording

September 2015

Viktoria Mullova's new CD is an all Prokofiev affair - the second Violin Concerto, with long term musical collaborator Paavo Jarvi, and the Sonata for 2 Violins where she is joined by Tedi Papravami, plus the Solo Violin Sonata. All the works were recorded live, with no retakes and the playing is electrifying. This is Viktoria's second recording of the concerto. It is one of her favourite concertos, and her approach to the work has changed greatly since she made the early recording for Philips - a recording she admits to being unhappy with.

Evening Standard: album reviews of the week

Evening Standard
June 2014

"This is music like a warm breeze with an easygoing lyricism at its heart.” “Mullova’s bow dances across the strings with a virtuosity and panache few could match.”

Praise from Fono Forum magazine of Germany for 'Stradivarius in Rio',

Fono Forum magazine
June 2014

'Mullova goes beyond musical boarders but never oversteps the bounds of good taste. The arrangements of the Brazilian classics are “enchanting” and the CD feels like holiday music for balmy nights, cool drinks, a tropical greeting from Sugar Loaf Mountain…'

Stradivarius in Rio

March 2014

This is the first non-classical project Viktoria Mullova has wholly created and produced on her own. Mullova's idea to record the songs came about during the course of several informal gigs and jams with friends over the years. Gradually the idea for the project took shape, and Mullova formed the group to include guitarist Carioca, from Rio, cellist Matthew Barley and two percussionists: Brazilian Luiz Guello, and Paul Clarvis, with whom she previously collaborated on two non-classical music albums. In August 2013 she took the group to Rio de Janeiro to record the album over three thrilling evenings.

Bach Concertos

May 2013

Already Viktoria Mullova's eagerly awaited new recording of Bach concertos with Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina is receiving rave reviews.

Bach Concertos

April 2013

Viktoria returns to Bach after the great success of her ONYX recordings of Bach Solo Partitas and Sonatas.