New Classics

Madeleine Mitchell has been described by the Glasgow Herald as ‘a violinist in a million’ and is one of the most celebrated and accomplished violinists in the UK. She has performed in over 40 countries as a soloist in a wide repertoire in major venues and frequently broadcasts for television and radio, including the BBC Proms. As well as being an acclaimed violinist, Madeleine Mitchell is also the mastermind behind ‘Red Violin’ – a festival celebrating the violin running in Cardiff from 1-9 October 2007 (it was first organised in 1997 under the patronage of Lord Menuhin).

Accompanied by her regular pianist partner Andrew Ball on this new CD, Madeleine Mitchell presents a selection of personal favourite music for violin and piano – classic songs, salon pieces and music from 1920s Paris. The works are by Elgar (Salut d’Amour, Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit), Berg (Die Nachtigall), Bridge (Mélodie, Amaryllis, Romanze, Spring Song, Moto Perpetuo, Berceuse and a world première recording of Morceau Caracteristique), Copland (Nocturne), Prokofiev (Cinq Mélodies), Massenet (Méditation from Thaïs) , Boulanger (Nocturne), Poulenc (Violon), Ravel (Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré), Schubert (Ave Maria, arr. Palaschko) and Strauss (Morgen). The score for Frank Bridge’s lyrical Morceau Caracteristique, thought to have been lost, has only recently been rediscovered, so this is the piece’s first performance for over 100 years. This is an album of charming music, brought to shimmering life by Madeleine Mitchell’s spirited yet sensitive virtuosity.