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Fiddlesticks - Concerto for the Violin

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Madeleine Mitchell

violin

Ensemble Bash



Venue:

All Saints Church, East Finchley, London

2-4 Aug 2007

Producer:

David Lefeber



Engineer:

David Lefeber



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Violin


Contemporary

Total Time - 65:05
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LOU HARRISON

 

Concerto for the Violin with Percussion Orchestra

 
1 I Allegro 8:17
2 II Largo cantabile 7:16
3 III Allegro vigoroso, poco presto 4:07
   
 

ANNE DUDLEY

4 

Vermilion Rhapsody

8:10
   
 

TARIK O'REGAN

5 

Fragments from a Gradual Process

7:38
   
 

STUART JONES

6 

Gharnati

13:56
   
 

SIMON LIMBRICK

7 

Mopti Street

8:40
   
 

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Kumpo

7:01
Fiddlesticks – Madeleine Mitchell, Ensemble Bash

On first hearing Lou Harrison’s Violin Concerto, Madeleine Mitchell was entranced by the colourful array of percussion and its juxtaposition with the violin’s innate lyricism. Indeed, this description could fit almost all the works featured on this lively, multi-rhythmic disc. Both string and percussion blend in a unique mix of styles from early Andalucian music to a Stravinsky inspired piece, Fragments from a Gradual Process. Complex rhythms from the Ensemble Bash, which uses rhythms of West African drumming as the core of its playing, combined with Madeleine’s interweaving lines often catch the listener in a moment of surprise.

Fiddlesticks is a collaboration between two of Britain’s liveliest musical forces. One is the indefatigably adventurous violinist Madeleine Mitchell… the sticks belong to the Ensemble Bash, the supremely talented 4-man percussion group… an evening of gloriously ear-tickling sounds…’

The Times

"...Mitchell plays this often lyrical work with great style, in the Largo Cantabile second movement weaving deliciously sinuous and extended musical lines over the most delicate and colourful accompaniment ... Mitchell is terrific throughout - she plays with a well focused tone that is both beautiful and lively"


 

The Strad - March 2008

"...If you fancy giving your ears a good work-out then this should do the trick very nicely ... so captivating and headily virtuosic are these performances by Madeleine Mitchell and Ensemble Bash that one is left positively thirsting for more..."     *****

Julian Haylock

 

Classic FM Magazine - March 2008

"Ideal players to help you uncover the complexities of Harrison’s Concerto ... the high level of Harrison’s unfaltering invention would be superhuman if it weren’t so understated ... Madeleine Mitchell lets Harrison’s material speak for itself, taking a noticeably objective view, and it’s a winning strategy"  

Philip Clark

 

Gramophone - February 2008

                            Performance *****   -    Sound *****

" ... my favourite contemporary music CD of 2007 ... These are enthusiastic performances with immaculate sonics: brilliant stuff"
Roger Thomas

 

BBC Music Magazine - January 2008

Fiddlesticks is a collaboration between two of Britain’s most liveliest musical forces. One is the indefatigably adventurous violinist Madeleine Mitchell… the sticks belong to the ensemblebash, the supremely talented 4-man percussion group' an evening of gloriously ear-tickling sounds…
The Times



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