Viktoria Mullova is without question, among our finest solo violinists, but hers is a career that is relatively little known in the United States, in stark contrast to the ample popular and critical acclaim she's received in Europe. Her 2000 Philips recording of the Stravinsky and Bartok 2nd violin concertos should have won additional acclaim for her here, but sadly, it's been ignored, in stark contrast to other, more popular recordings from violinists as diverse as Itzhak Perlman and Hilary Hahn, for example. Mullova is one soloist who opts for adhering as closely to the composer's wishes as possible, opting for exuberant emotional playing only when it is demanded of her in these scores. inded, her performance of the Stravinsky violin concerto is most consistent with someone performing one of Mozart's violin concerti (A comparison which is most apt given the neo-classical style of Stravinsky's work.), in which she emphasizes a lean, bright tone to her playing, which sounds almost whimsical, especially in the Aria (2nd and 3rd) and Capriccio (4th) movements. In stark contrast, her performance of the Bartok second violin sounds a bit more brash, indeed bold, but here she emphasizes a more muscular-sounding tone from her violin. In conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and a chamber orchestra-version of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she has sympathetic partners, who provide nuanced, understated, and yet, still elegant playing to her splendid solos in each concerto. Having enjoyed immensely both her recent Beethoven violin concerto recording with John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument band and a much earlier recording that's sadly out of print of her performances of the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky violin concertos with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, I am delighted to recommend this 2000 recording of hers as among the best I've heard of either the Stravinsky or Bartok 2nd violin concertos.