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Renewal and stagnation


Two years ago, I reviewed new recordings by Viktoria Mullova and Maksim Vengerov in this column. Then Mullova's Beethoven recording disappointed, while Vengerov's Britten received rave reviews. Now it's the other way around – and ironically, this time too, Beethoven's concert is the disappointment. Is it that hard to do well?

Renewed career

A passion for early music has prompted renowned violinist Viktoria Mullova, who is primarily known for her performances of the standard repertoire, to embrace historically informed performance practice. Since 2000 she has toured with early music ensembles Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Il Giardino Armonico. This has renewed her career.

Now the Russian exile Mullova has taken up his collaboration with the Italian ensemble Il Giardino Armonico. . .

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