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January 2021

Viktoria has two new albums - 'Music We Love', a collaboration with her son, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado; and a disc of Beethoven's sonatas 4, 5 and 7 with pianist Alasdair Beatson.

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.

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…'

Bach Concertos

April 2013

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