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The Peasant Girl / Viktoria Mullova, violin

Audio Samples

>Duoud : For Nedim (For Nadia)
>Lewis, John : Django, for 2 pianos
>Hermann, Florian : Dark Eyes (Ochi chyornye), song
>Bratsch : Er Nemo Klantz
>Zawinul, Joe : The Peasant
>Mullova, Viktoria : Duos with improvisations for violin & cello (after seven of Bartok's '44 Duos')
>Barley, Matthew : Yura (on the Russian folk theme Lyuba), for violin & ensemble
>Bratsch : Bi Lovengo
>Zawinul, Joe : The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat
>N'Dour, Youssou : Life (Adouna)
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Duo for violin & cello, Op. 7

Album Summary

>Duoud : For Nedim (For Nadia)
>Lewis, John : Django, for 2 pianos
>Hermann, Florian : Dark Eyes (Ochi chyornye), song
>Bratsch : Er Nemo Klantz
>Zawinul, Joe : The Peasant
>Mullova, Viktoria : Duos with improvisations for violin & cello (after seven of Bartok's '44 Duos')
>Barley, Matthew : Yura (on the Russian folk theme Lyuba), for violin & ensemble
>Bratsch : Bi Lovengo
>Zawinul, Joe : The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat
>N'Dour, Youssou : Life (Adouna)
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Duo for violin & cello, Op. 7
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The programme, which initially looked bitty, adds up to a coherent sequence...All of the performance 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 recorded album." -BBC Music Magazine

"[This disc] 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." -The Independent

Gramophone Magazine
Sit back and enjoy the brilliant, imaginative playing, with its interesting dialogue between the performance styles of jazz and classical music...[Mullova] certainly sounds spontaneous but retains a disciplined polish from her classical training...all in all this is a very stimulating programme, performed with flair and finesse.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: No. 2 Studio, Abbey Road, London.

The "peasant girl" of this novel album's title is Viktoria Mullova herself, whose ancestors of two generations ago, the booklet notes, were Ukrainian farmers. You might expect an update of the gypsy/East European encore repertory, and in a way that's what you get, but this double album is actually something a bit more ambitious. Mullova is accompanied by a small ensemble including her husband, Matthew Barley, on cello, a pianist, and a pair of percussionists. This little group is flexible enough to encompass a range of genres from classical chamber music to North African sounds. All of it is, as the players indicate, unified by the scales and tonalities of Eastern Europe, but there's a second and more important unifying factor that the packaging barely hints at: the presence of jazz, which is treated in a way unlike in any other classical-jazz fusion recordings. The players essay, in Barley's arrangements, a pair of pieces by the great central European jazz keyboardist Joe Zawinul, of the band Weather Report, and in addition there are straight gypsy jazz pieces from a French band called Bratsch, and even little improvisatory interpolations into selections from the Bartók "44 Duos" for two violins, here arranged for violin and cello. Several pieces begin with long improvisatory sections before getting to their famous gypsy melodies (you'll recognize Florian Hermann's "Dark Eyes," CD 1, track 3, even if you don't know the name). Taken as a whole, the album is a sort of jazz fantasy on the old Eastern European gypsy encore sound, and even if it's not uniformly successful (the second disc adds little to the overall effect), it achieves a level of originality that's rare among players of Mullova's stature. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Duoud : For Nedim (For Nadia)
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lewis, John : Django, for 2 pianos
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hermann, Florian : Dark Eyes (Ochi chyornye), song
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Bratsch : Er Nemo Klantz
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Zawinul, Joe : The Peasant
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mullova, Viktoria : Duos with improvisations for violin & cello (after seven of Bartók's '44 Duos')
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Matthew Barley.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Barley, Matthew : Yura (on the Russian folk theme Lyuba), for violin & ensemble
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bratsch : Bi Lovengo
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Zawinul, Joe : The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>N'Dour, Youssou : Life (Adouna)
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Duo for violin & cello, Op. 7
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Matthew Barley Ensemble
  • Running Time: 23 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914