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Madeleine Mitchell Discography

Violin Songs

With Andrew Ball piano and Elizabeth Watts soprano*   

Popular melodies and rarities by Elgar, Bridge, Massenet, Schubert, Berg, Strauss* and music from Paris c1920s - Ravel, Prokofiev, Copland, Boulanger and Poulenc. 
Classic FM CD of the Week & featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

'A particularly successful album...Madeleine Mitchell's playing is most appealing. Her tone is sweet and bright...unfailingly sensitive to the nuances and character of each piece.' 
- Gramophone 
'A beguiling programme...wonderful lyrical tone...Strauss 'Morgen' an exquisite conclusion...overall an enjoyable disc.' 
- BBC Music Magazine 
'A CD full of small joys wonderfully played.' 
- The Strad
'Utterly magical' 
- Classical.net
‘A terrific album’ 
- Lisa Dunscombe, Late Night Live Classic FM
‘Madeleine Mitchell has promoted much contemporary music, but now her violin turns wistful and melodic, wrapped in early 20th-century reveries. The seven charming Bridge selections show her at her best…tastiest in Bridge’s long-lost Morceau caracteristique, faintly Russian in hue’ 
- Geoff Brown, The Times
'Believe the recommendations. Mitchell is one of the best things to happen to violin, classical or otherwise. With a tremendous touch and wonderful style, this is gentle, caressing music that will blow you away. Simply, a great recording.' 
- Midwest Record USA 
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Painting by Gerald Marks: The Madeleine Series no.7

In Sunlight Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell 

by some of the UK's best known composers: Nyman, MacMillan, Osborne, Woolrich, Elias, Montague, Powers, Jones with Andrew Ball, piano.
Nominated for BBC Music's CDs of the year. 
BBC Radio 3 CD Review Listeners' Choice

'The magnificent Mitchell...dedicated, penetrating musicianship' ★★★★★
- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine 
'Mitchell delivers a quite masterful performance...so impressive...a delectable collection of small gems, in wonderfully empathetic performances'. 
- Christopher Ballantine, International Record Review 
'A most rewarding survey of new music. Wonderfully accomplished, irreproachably sensitive performances.’ 
- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone 
'For pioneering enterprise, the laurels go to this album, a whole host of works written for this remarkable violinist' 
- Rob Cowan, The Independent  
'Eclectic virtuoso of the violin Madeleine Mitchell has inspired living composers to a staggering degree’ 
- BBC Radio 3
'Mitchell is superb - technical hurdles are played with such ease they simply evaporate. Above all she conveys her deep commitment and affection for each work' 
- David Denton, The Strad      
'All nine items were written for the enterprising Mitchell' 
- Paul Driver, Sunday Times Essential New Releases                                        
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Alwyn Chamber Music & Songs 

Naxos (with Iain Burnside, Roger Chase, Jeremy Huw Williams etc)

'The excellent violinist Madeleine Mitchell' 
- Fanfare USA 
'Violinist Madeleine Mitchell and a distinguished company of musical friends unlock the romantic richness of works such as the Sonatina for violin and piano. Outstanding' 
- Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine 
'Madeleine Mitchell produces a sound of blemishless purity, exquisitely coloured by myriad shades of vibrato and ear-ringingly true intonation' 
- The Strad 
‘Lovingly performed by accomplished British artists’.
- The Observer
‘A major attraction is the playing of Madeleine Mitchell; it would be hard to imagine a more sympathetic and graceful interpreter.’ 
- All Music Guide USA 
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FiddleSticks

with Ensemble Bash 
- Signum Records

Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra, new works by Anne Dudley, Tarik O'Regan, Stuart Jones, Simon Limbrick.

Nominated for BBC Music, MIDEM, Grammy Awards 08.

'My favourite contemporary music CD of 2007...Brilliant stuff' ★★★★★
- BBC Music Magazine 
'So captivating and headily virtuosic are the performances by Madeleine Mitchell and Ensemble Bash that one is left positively thirsting for more.'
- Classic FM Magazine  
‘A wonderful, live-wire (performance of the Harrison Concerto), without conductor.’ 
- All Music Guide USA
'Mitchell is terrific throughout. She plays with a well-focused sound that is both beautiful and lively.' 
- The Strad 
'That always imaginative violinist Madeleine Mitchell' 
- James Jolly, Gramophone 
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British Treasures 

SOMM CD 031 with Andrew Ball piano 

Goossens, Hurlstone, Turnbull Violin Sonatas

'Three fine English sonatas...both these artists rise to the occasion, playing con amore and with plenty of spirit and attack. The recording is excellent...most enjoyable." 
- Ivan March, Gramophone 
‘Three gorgeously lyrical romantic British violin sonatas played with great affection. Highly recommended.’ 
- British Music Society Journal
‘Such stylish performances’ 
- Fanfare USA
‘Lovers of English music of the first decades of the 20th century will have a field day with this disc...performances beyond reproach and genuine musical understanding. A very successful disc.’ 
- International Record Review
Excellent performances’ 
- Tully Potter, The Strad
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Hummel Violin Sonatas 

Meridian 

'Most appealing...Lively performances' 
- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone

‘The violinist plays stylishly’ 
-BBC Music Magazine
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Howard Blake

Violin Sonata, Jazz Dances, Penillion with the composer, piano 
– Naxos

‘Beautifully written and performed by an all star team’ 
-Classic FM Magazine 2009

‘A very fine achievement...A very enjoyable and exciting disc. Madeleine Mitchell is a committed advocate for this music.’
- MusicWebInternational 
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Howard Blake & Madeleine Mitchell, Potton hall (photo Michael Ponder)

Messiaen Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps & Krauze Quatuor pour la Naissance 

with Joanna MacGregor 

Re-issued 2010 on Warner Classics SoundCircus 2564

'An all star team which manages to outdo all its rivals..Mitchell leads the work to its sumptuous, ethereal apotheosis with a winning blend of poise and fervour. The competition is left sounding almost dull by comparison.’ 
- Gramophone  
‘Her tone is ecstatically sweet as a hymn’ 
- US Stereo Review

Recommended benchmark recording BBC Music Magazine 1999 & Gramophone
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Bridge Chamber Music 

Meridian

‘A landmark recording with gripping ensemble. First violinist Madeleine Mitchell and her luscious-toned friends do each work proud...Highly recommendable.’ 
- The Strad 

‘Immensely warm hearted. A very attractive release.’ 
- Gramophone

‘Plays these works with beauty and with great understanding and enthusiasm’ 
- John France, MusicWeb-International

Alpha & Omega

Linn

MacMillan Choral Music - Capella Nova, Madeleine Mitchell, solo violin: Domine non secundam peccata nostra.

‘A marvellous set of performances.'  ★★★★★
- BBC Music Choral CD of the Month 
'Stunning violin solo’ 
Sinfini/Lebrecht Album of the Week 

‘This third disc on Linn of choral music by James MacMillan by the excellent Scottish-based ensemble Cappella Nova once again displays their well-honed vocal talents. The group specialise in commissioning new works aswell as performing early music. They bring control and precision to the ecstatic, incantatory nature of MacMillan's work in these eight works, six on disc for the first time, Violinist Madeleine Mitchell, providing a complementary cantilena to the vocal writing in Domine non secundum peccata nostra, adds to the numinous mood.’ 
- Fiona Maddocks, Observer 
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Other Albums

ABRSM Syllabus from 2015 

'An excellently-performed, wonderfully-recorded album' ★★★★★
- Musical Opinion

Wendy Hiscocks Chamber Music 

Decca Essential Michael Nyman 

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