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

British Music Society

World premiere recordings from some of the finest of the UK’s contemporary composers and performers. A really expressive and creative project – 7 composers’ works written for superb violinist Madeleine Mitchell; throughout her playing is a total wonder.

” —Peter Byrom-Smith
MusicWeb International

This collection of recordings, all of them world premières, is an eloquent testimony to the artistry and dedication of Madeleine Mitchell. Superlatively athletic playing, with every note perfectly in its proper place. An enchanting disc.

” —Paul Corfield Godfrey
Music Voice

What is striking in Madeleine Mitchell’s violinism is her ability to make the violin sing. Her expressivity is never divorced from an eloquence which is a legacy of a sound belonging to the great interpreters of the first half of the twentieth century manages to shape with her instrument the ideal interpretative attitude, ideally capturing each time the spirit of these authors’ scores. The recorded sound, performed in different locations, is remarkable and excels in tonal balance.

” —Andrea Bedetti
Pizzicato

Brexit… but we should make sure not to miss UK music in future. Seven first recordings of works by very different British composers… ranges from the very beautiful violin concerto by Guto Puw to the passionate Rhapsody by Geoffrey Poole.

” —Remy Franck
The Chronicle

This CD demonstrates the violin at its most bleak/stark/purest; take your pick. It has a range of sounds and it’s a varied collection and hard to sum up. Overall, it’s a meaty programme with lots to hold the interest. Despite being modern, none of it is “challenging”, as the more unlistenable modern music is described. In fact, it’s got a depth you’d expect from a CD of more established music.

” —Jeremy Condliffe
The Whole Note

Excellent playing throughout by all concerned.

” —Terry Robins
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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