New Classics

Described by The Times as ‘one of Britain’s liveliest musical forces and foremost violinists’, Madeleine Mitchell is a professor at the Royal College of Music and has performed in around 50 countries as both soloist and chamber musician. As well as being Artistic Director of the Red Violin festival and Director of the London Chamber Ensemble, she has been a member of The Fires of London and the Michael Nyman Band. Well-known for the imaginative programming of her recitals, she frequently broadcasts for television and radio, including the BBC Proms and Italian TV when she won the Palmo d’Oro, praised for her vibrant lyrical intensity and pioneering creativity. This new release features 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 (Taking it as Read). The other composers are Judith Weir (Atlantic Drift), David Matthews, Michael Berkeley, Sadie Harrison and Geoffrey Poole. Many of the works were specially written for, and premiered by, Madeleine Mitchell, making this is a very special album for her. Most of music is 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 BBC National Orchestra Of Wales and American conductor Edwin Outwater. ‘A violinist in a million.’ The Herald.

—John Pitt