Music We Love
Violinist Viktoria Mullova and son, the bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado in music they love – a very personal and affectionate collection of music ranging from traditional Brazilian folk songs to JS Bach, via Antonio Carlos Jobim and Schumann. Much of the music in this project has been played by mother and son together for many years – classical and contemporary jazz, folk songs from family music making has now made it to their concert programmes.
“As I’m sure you can tell from our names and uncanny resemblance on the front cover I am Viktoria’s son. And so, for the first eighteen years of my life, we lived under the same roof and I was constantly being surrounded by the music she was practicing and performing, as well as the music that was being played at home through the speakers. Despite sharing a similar taste in music Viktoria and I now come from very different backgrounds or starting points musically, and whilst we both have improvised jazz and played lots of classical music at various point, the main strengths we have in our mother-and-son duo are Viktoria’s life-long career as a classical concert soloist and my steadily progressing life as a jazz musician and improviser. And so this album contains a whole variety of music that stretches over many genres that include classical music, contemporary jazz, Brazilian jazz, folk songs from different parts of the world, and some of my own music that is inspired by all of the above and written specifically for this project. Quite a lot of the music on the album is part of our concert programme as a result of us getting to know it together as a family, with personal connections to the songs sometimes going back as far as fifteen years from family holidays together. To put it simply the material on this album is all music we love.”
Misha Mullov-Abbado (January 2020, liner notes for Music We Love)