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Viktoria Mullova - The Peasant Girl

The Guardian 17 August 2011
Read a fascinating interview with Viktoria Mullova about the origins of The Peasant Girl project - click here
The Huffington Post
"2 unforgettable CDs of loosely gypsy related music played by some of the great virtuosos of our time... Very exhilarating, obviously where classical music's future lies." (Onyx 4070)


BBC Music Magazine September 2011
Performance *****
Sound *****
'It was a brilliant idea to combine seven Bartok Duos with music by Bratsch, the French Gypsy band, and jazz improvisations from Joseph and the two percussionists: the various musical elements are drawn into a creative symbiosis. The programme which looked bitty, adds up to a coherent sequence, with two numbers by Weather Report not that far away from from the world of Youssou N'Dour. All the performances have energy and imagination, and even though Kodaly's Duo, passionately played by Mullova and Barley, might seem at a tangent to the rest, it makes perfect sense as the culmination of a beautifully crafted album. Martin Cotton

Evening Standard ****15 July 2011
"It's not often you get Youssou N'Dour, Django Reinhardt, Weather Report and Bartok on one disc. But this is an extraordinary project in which violinist Viktoria Mullova is accompanied by the Matthew Barley ensemble. The French group Bratsch have inspired two of the strongest tracks, Bi Lovengo and Er Nemo Klantz, interlaced with Bartok duos that dance with an earthy swing. Matthew Barley's improvised music gives the arrangements a spontaneous feel and, amazingly, it all hangs together They are at the Proms on August 18.”
The Sunday Times **** 19 June 2011
She has already shown us that she can hold a Miles Davis tune. The violinist Viktoria Mullova shreds even more categories on this soulful collaboration with her husband, the cellist Matthew Barley, and a chamber group featuring the pianist Julian Joseph. ....the MJQ classic Django has never sounded quite so elegiac, and any doubts that the band can swing are laid to rest in the exuberent opener, For Nedim. Joseph's playing throughout is a model of discretion, while Paul Clarvis and Sam Walton add subtle percussive colour. The band's Prom will be essential listening.
The Independent 24 June 2011
The jazz leanings of her husband's quartet, the Matthew Barley Ensemble, exert perhaps too great an influence over this set from violinist Viktoria Mullova, which mingles gypsy-influenced jazz compositions by the Modern Jazz Quartet and Weather Report with several of Bartók's folk-derived pieces and Zoltan Kodály's three-part "Duo for violin and cello".

The latter's astringent, bare-wire tonalities are the standout here, aptly described by Barley as not so much classical influenced by gypsy music, as gypsy music with a smart set of clothes. There are rewarding moments elsewhere – notably in "For Nedim"