David Matthews: Romanza
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World Première Recording
This work was commissioned by Madeleine Mitchell, who also gave the first performance with Nigel Clayton in 2012, following her premiere earlier that year of a version for violin and orchestra. It is a beautiful piece full of emotional warmth and lyricism. This digital single is also a preview of Madeleine’s forthcoming album of lyrical contemporary music for violin.
Foremost British violinist Madeleine Mitchell commissioned this piece from David Matthews. She gave its first performance in the version for violin and orchestra in October 2012, and in this violin and piano version the following month.
It is a remarkable work, thoroughly of today but filled with lyricism and warmth. It is one of the works included in a proposed album of modern works for violin which Madeleine is currently planning with the Divine Art label, and has been released as a digital single, both as a ‘taster’ for the full album, and also so that the commissioner of the piece could claim to have released the first recording – which it is.
Madeleine Mitchell has performed in over 50 countries and is one of the UK’s most distinguished violinists; she is a ‘pioneer of new music’ (The Times) and specializes in new music of the more lyrical kind rather than the avant-garde. She recently premiered Guto Puw’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales – another work destined for the forthcoming album release.