Classical
10:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Mullova's Back to Bach, 3 PM Today

1982: Viktoria Mullova is the USSR's violin sensation, winning the gold in the Tchaikovsky Competition. I983: she puts her state-owned Stradivarius on her hotel bed in Finland, dons a blonde wig to fool her KGB minders, and escapes to Sweden. Since then, she's been on of the supreme violinists - and she regularly crosses artistic borders. She has just re-recorded the Bach concertos, and this time she plays a Baroque violin. Sparks fly. Hear one of the concertos - a reconstruction recorded for the first time - on Barney Sherman's program at around 3 this afternoon.

Viktoria Mullova receiving the Gold Medal from Leonid Kogan at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Viktoria Mullova receiving the Gold Medal from Leonid Kogan at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Credit viktoriamullova.com