Violin Muse

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Catalogue No: DDA 25160
EAN/UPC: 809730516023
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Release Date: October 2017
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 76:15

Seven world premiere recordings of works by British composers with a range of styles but all in a modern but approachable and often very lyrical idiom from the deep and heartfelt Violin Concerto ‘Soft Stillness’ by Guto Puw to the stunningly simple yet beautiful new work from Michael Nyman. Many of these works were specifically written for, and premiered by, Madeleine Mitchell so this is a very special album for her personally as well as being a fine virtuoso concert. Most works on the album are for violin and piano with Nigel Clayton; Cerys Jones appears in the super violin duet ‘Atlantic Drift’ by Judith Weir, and Puw’s Concerto is a BBC recording with the BBCNOW and American conductor Edwin Outwater.

Madeleine Mitchell is an internationally acclaimed soloist with a fine discography and has been an inspiration to composers and painters, including Gerald Marks who created his artworks ‘The Madeleine Series’ between 1989 and 1991.

Madeleine Mitchell talks about ‘Violin Muse’ on YouTube here

Track Listing

    Geoffrey Poole (b.1949)

  1. Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
  2. Guto Pryderi Puw (b.1971): Violin Concerto ‘Soft Stillness’

  3. I. ‘in such a night’ (Cadenza – allegro moderato
  4. II. ‘Soft stillness, sweet harmony’ (Lento)
  5. David Matthews (b.1943)

  6. Romanza, Op. 119a
  7. Sadie Harrison (b.1965)

  8. Aurea Luce
  9. Judith Weir (b.1954): Atlantic Drift

  10. I. Sleep Sound ida Mornin’
  11. II. Atlantic Drift
  12. III. Rain and Mist are on the Mountain, I’d Better Buy Some Shoes, part 1
  13. IV. Rain and Mist are on the Mountain, I’d Better Buy Some Shoes, part 2
  14. V. Rain and Mist are on the Mountain, I’d Better Buy Some Shoes, part 3
  15. VI. Rain and Mist are on the Mountain, I’d Better Buy Some Shoes, part 4
  16. Michael Berkeley (b. 1948)

  17. Veilleuse
  18. Michael Nyman (b.1944): Taking it as Read

  19. part 1
  20. part 2

Reviews

The Strad

A nicely diverse selection, with recorded sound crisp and lustrous throughout, and Mitchell underlines her credentials as a persuasive advocate for these colourful contemporary pieces… a winning disc with much to enjoy.

” —Catherine Nelson
New Classics

Seven world premiere recordings of works by British composers with a range of styles, from the deep and heartfelt Violin Concerto Soft Stillness by Guto Puw to a stunningly simple yet beautiful work from Michael Nyman. Many of the works were specially written for, and premiered by, Madeleine Mitchell, making this is a very special album for her.

” —John Pitt

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