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Violin Songs

Madeleine Mitchel - Melodies for violin with piano

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Andrew Ball

Piano

Elizabeth Watts

soprano

Madeleine Mitchell

violin

Venue:

Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Engineer:

Michael Ponder



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Chamber


Romantic

Total Time - 76:47
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EDWARD ELGAR

1 

Salut d'Amour, op. 12

3:08
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

ALBAN BERG

2 

Die Nachtigall

2:12
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

3 

Melodie

3:44
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

AARON COPLAND

4 

Nocturne

5:20
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

 

Cinq Melodies, op. 35B

 
5 I 1. Andante 2:15
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
6 II 2. Lento ma non troppo 2:46
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
7 III 3. Animato ma non troppo 3:31
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
8 IV 4. Allegretto leggiere 1:33
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
9 V 5. Andante non troppo 2:51
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

10 

Morceau Caracteristique

6:55
  world premiere recording  
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

JULES MASSENET

11 

Thais: Meditation

4:47
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

EDWARD ELGAR

12 

Chanson de Matin, op. 15 no. 2

3:07
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

13 

Amaryllis

2:18
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
14 

Romanze

4:28
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

LILI BOULANGER

15 

Nocturne

2:56
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

16 

Spring Song

2:20
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANCIS POULENC

17 

Violon

2:04
  arranged by Madeleine Mitchell  
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

MAURICE RAVEL

18 

Berceuse sur le nom de Ravel

2:42
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

19 

Ava Maria, D. 839

5:32
  arranged by Johannes Palaschko  
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

20 

Moto Perpetuo

1:46
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

EDWARD ELGAR

21 

Chanson de Nuit, op. 15 no. 1

3:30
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

22 

Berceuse

2:46
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball Piano
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

23 

Morgen, op. 27 no. 4

4:16
 Elizabeth Watts soprano
 Madeleine Mitchell violin
 Andrew Ball piano


From one of the UK’s most celebrated and accomplished violinists comes a recording of personal favourites in a recital of romantic and lyrical music par excellence.  Madeleine Mitchell is enjoying a highly successful career in both recording and live recitals, and her first CD for Divine Art is a joyful celebration of her chosen instrument.  With highly accomplished pianist Andrew Ball, and joined in Strauss’s "Morgen" by soprano Elizabeth Watts, winner of the 2007 Recital Prize at the Cardiff "Singer of the World" competition. Included is the first ever recording of the newly-discovered Morceau Caracteristique by Frank Bridge.
 

“Madeleine Mitchell’s playing is most appealing. Her tone is sweet and bright, and she and Andrew Ball are unfailingly sensitive to the nuances and character of each piece. The programme has several focuses of attention, culminating in a true song (Strauss) featuring a radiant-sounding Elizabeth Watts.”

Duncan Druce

Gramophone

“This CD… merits consideration on several levels. [Mitchell’s] touching sense of inner repose makes a touching impression… her sensitive musicianship comes as a welcome antidote to the thrusting lusciousness of other violinists... her phrasing is quite outstanding. Andrew Ball… is an admirable accompanist. The recording quality throughout is good. Recommended.”

Robert Matthew-Walker

International Record Review

“This is an album of charming music, brought to shimmering life by Madeleine Mitchell’s spirited yet sensitive virtuosity.”

New Classics

“Most [of these pieces] are rarities and it is delightful to have them here, especially when played with such warmth and finesse. This is a CD full of small joys, wonderfully played. The sound is close and warm.”

Tim Homfray
 

The Strad

“Mitchell is a performer who delights in taking her “red violins” to schools and other non-specialist audiences, and these are just the sort of tunes that could be relied on to captivate them.  But there is clearly also a serious musician operating beneath the show-womanship, and there are some unexpected rarities in the mix. Throughout Andrew Ball provides excellent support.” 

Serena Fenwick

Musical Pointers

“It’s good to see Madeleine Mitchell back in the recording studios. Admirers of Frank Bridge will note the contents with interest; interest will then turn to outright enthusiasm... charmingly done. Mitchell’s more intimate playing brings its own rewards. Throughout Andrew Ball, with whom Mitchell has played as a duo for so many years, proves a subtle colourist. The Potton Hall recording is warm and naturally balanced and I like the booklet, which has some imaginative photographic touches.”

Jonathan Woolf

Music Web

“Listening to this CD is a delight from start to finish. The title is more than apt as throughout each carefully prepared piece, Mitchell’s violin truly sings and creates that calming and soothing effect which makes one forget all worldly troubles. Te lovely booklet… is almost worth the price of the CD alone. Mitchell herself wrote the notes which make fascinating reading. Truly a CD to cherish and treasure, keep it for a cold evening tucked away by the fireplace and just let it sink in. Utterly magical!”

Gerald Fenech
 

Classical Net

“Madeleine Mitchell’s heart-on-sleeve approach works especially well…If you like your violin miniatures con espressivo with lashings of vibrato and tasteful portamento then this is the disc for you” -  ***

Julian Haylock

Classic FM Magazine

“...a beguiling programme…surprising delights. Wonderful lyrical tone, captured in fine sound. Andrew Ball is a perfectly discreet accompanist. Elizabeth Watts’s divine performance confirms that she is an exceptional young talent. Overall, an enjoyable disc.”     ****

Christopher Dingle

BBC Music Magazine

“Madeleine Mitchell has promoted much contemporary music, but now her violin turns wistful and melodic, wrapped in early 20th-century reveries. The seven charming Frank Bridge selections show her at her best.”      ***

Geoff Brown

The Times



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