Viktoria Mullova

Viktoria Mullova

  • J. S. Bach: Violin Concertos

On this CD, violinist Viktoria Mullova renews her partnership with long-term collaborator Ottavio Dantone in a program of concertos for violin, offering not only the two famous concertos in E-major and A minor, but two concertos arranged for violin from the 2nd harpsichord concerto, and a concerto for violin and harpsichord.

The tracks on this CD are:

Bach, J S:

  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
  • Violin Concerto in D, BWV1053 arr. harpsichord No. 2 in E
  • Concerto for Violin & Harpsichord in C minor, BWV1060 arr. from Concerto for Violin & Oboe/Concerto for two harpsichords, with Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord)

Performed by Viktoria Mullova (violin), with the Accademia Bizantina

Bach himself was a great re-user of musical material, and many concerto movements (including some from lost concertos) appeared in his cantatas.

Mullova and Dantone have worked together for many years, both recording and in concerts. They wanted to find a piece they could both play with an orchestra, and the BWV1060 in this brilliant arrangement is the result – the overall composition is enriched by a range of new nuances.

Viktoria Mullova’s Bach recordings have been widely acclaimed worldwide, and the London Sunday Times wrote of her recording of the ‘Partitas and Sonatas’ for solo violin:

‘They exemplify the best of old and new stylistic approaches to Bach’s masterpieces’

Here is Viktoria Mullova in the Sibelius Violin Concerto D minor:


And next, here is the Bach “Chaconne” for solo violin, BWV 1004, as performed by Viktoria Mullova.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the aspects in which Ms. Mullova’s interpretation is quite different than, say, Nathan Milstein’s. In my own view it is a very satisfying performance:



Tags: Viktoria Mullova, J. S. Bach, concertos, Accademia Bizantina

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