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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography about a first-rate musician, 13 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: From Russia to Love: The Life and Times of Viktoria Mullova (Hardcover)
Viktoria Mullova first came to my attention via a film called "Viktoria Comes West". It was screened by the BBC in January 1985 as part of its "Real Lives" documentary strand, and told of how, 18 months earlier, the prize-winning and outstanding violinist had defected from the stifling background of the Soviet Union, to settle in the USA. For me, her output on record is second to none, from Mendelssohn to Stravinsky, and even to the Bee Gees and Donald Fagen on a collection called "Through the Looking Glass". Her 2009 recording of J.S.Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas is an ideal place to start, if you are so far unfamiliar with her work. She is also a dynamic, exciting concert performer.

"From Russia to Love", written by Eva Maria Chapman with the help of Mullova herself, lays bare Mullova's drive and inventiveness as a soloist, and tells of her eventual relocation to London for family life with her cellist husband Matthew Barley. It also reveals how she finally resumed contact with her roots in Moscow after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. This is a moving, fascinating and at times gripping memoir about a musician's commitment, perfectionism and curiosity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, enjoyable read., 21 Nov. 2012
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Gives background and substance to the work of one of the world's truly great violinists. Balanced yet affectionate account that goes a long way to increasing understanding of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic real life story, 10 Oct. 2013
This review is from: From Russia to Love: The Life and Times of Viktoria Mullova (Hardcover)
A wonderful portrayal of what seems to be an amazing person and talent. I've always loved the russian artists, writers and musicians so it was with excitement I started to read From Russia with Love and it certainly didn't disappoint. With much warmth and compassion it tells the story of violinist Victoria Mullova.
From her escaping the oppression of the Soviet Union to perform on stages worldwide as a celebrated violonist makes a compelling read. It feels like a true and honest portrait and I am ever so keen on finding out more about Mullova and her music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave violinist, 14 Feb. 2014
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Amazing view of Russia at its communist worst and the efforts of a dedicated musician to escape. She emerges stronger than I had previously thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, as I expected, 7 Sept. 2014
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Excellent ,as I expected!
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