Classic FM Magazine

If you like you violin miniatures con espressivo with lashings of vibrato and tasteful portamento then this is the disc for you. Madeleine Mitchell’s heart-on-sleeve approach works especially well in three Elgar favourites – Salut d’Amour, Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin – and she refines her sound magically for Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne and Ravel’s enchanting Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré. There are moving transcriptions of songs by Berg, Schubert and Strauss, especially the latter’s ravishing Morgen in which Mitchell is joined by soprano Elizabeth Watts, yet most valuable are seven miniatures by Frank Bridge, highlighted by the first ever recording of the Morceau Caracteristique.

—Julian Haylock