Viktoria Mullova's new CD is an all Prokofiev affair - the second Violin Concerto, with long term musical collaborator Paavo Jarvi, and the Sonata for 2 Violins where she is joined by Tedi Papravami, plus the Solo Violin Sonata. All the works were recorded live, with no retakes and the playing is electrifying. This is Viktoria's second recording of the concerto. It is one of her favourite concertos, and her approach to the work has changed greatly since she made the early recording for Philips - a recording she admits to being unhappy with.
'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…'
This is the first non-classical project Viktoria Mullova has wholly created and produced on her own. Mullova's idea to record the songs came about during the course of several informal gigs and jams with friends over the years. Gradually the idea for the project took shape, and Mullova formed the group to include guitarist Carioca, from Rio, cellist Matthew Barley and two percussionists: Brazilian Luiz Guello, and Paul Clarvis, with whom she previously collaborated on two non-classical music albums. In August 2013 she took the group to Rio de Janeiro to record the album over three thrilling evenings.