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The Peasant Girl / Viktoria Mullova

Mullova,Viktoria
Release Date: 08/09/2011 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4070  
Composer:  Du Oud,Du OudJohn LewisFlorian Hermann,   ... 
Performer:  Sam WaltonJulian JosephViktoria MullovaMatthew Barley,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This could easily slip into the world or jazz reviews sections. The opening track, For Nedim, was originally written by a pair of oud players from North Africa. Like most of the music here, it was arranged by Mullova’s husband, the cellist Matthew Barley. Its harmonic world and the structure of a slow, intense introduction followed by a frenetic dance put it firmly in the gypsy tradition.

The jazz side arrives with the next track – Django, a tribute to the great guitarist, where Julian Joseph’s economical piano plays against Mullova’s relaxed, idiomatic violin. It was a brilliant idea to combine seven Bartók Duos with music by Bratsch, the French gypsy band, and jazz improvisations from Joseph and the two
Read more percussionists: the various musical elements are drawn into a creative symbiosis.

The programme, which initially looked bitty, adds up to a coherent sequence, with two numbers by Weather Report not that far away from the world of Youssou N’Dour. All the performances have energy and imagination, and even though Kodály’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 recorded album.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
For Nedim (For Nadia) by Du Oud
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Notes: Arranger: Barley. 
2.
Django by John Lewis
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Notes: Arranger: Barley. 
3.
Dark Eyes by Florian Hermann
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Notes: Arranger: Barley. 
4.
Er Nemo Klantz with Bartók Duos by Bratsch
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Notes: This selection includes the following Bartók Duos:
7. Walachian Songs
11. Pillow Dance
44. Transylvanian Dance 
5.
The Peasant by Joe Zawinul
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Notes: Arranger: Barley. 
6.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: Excerpt(s) by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Matthew Barley (Cello), Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Budapest, Hungary 
Notes: This selection includes the following Bartók Duos with improvisations:
10. Ruthenian Song
22. Mosquito Dance
33. Harvest Song
28. Sorrow
26. Teasing Song
11. Cradle Song
35. Ruthenian Kolomeika
 
7.
Yura by Matthew Barley
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
8.
Bi Lovengo by Bratsch
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Notes: Arranger: Barley. 
9.
The pursuit of the woman with the feathered hat by Joe Zawinul
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arranger: Barley. 
10.
Life by Youssou N'Dour
Performer:  Sam Walton (Percussion), Julian Joseph (Piano), Viktoria Mullova (Violin),
Matthew Barley (Cello), Paul Clarvis (Drums)
11.
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Matthew Barley (Cello), Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Hungary 

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