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Violin Songs / Madeleine Mitchell


Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25063   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarFrank BridgeMaurice RavelJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Elizabeth WattsAndrew BallMadeleine Mitchell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I’m not generally a fan of recital CDs devoted to a single character or mood, but this album certainly makes a success of the genre. Familiar pieces alternate with interesting rarities, and the programme has several focuses of attention – the varied collection of Frank Bridge pieces, the contrast between Edwardian Morceaux de salon and items connected with Paris in the 1920s the alternation of song arrangements with instrumental pieces in song style, and the culmination in a true song with obbligato violin (Strauss, featuring a radiant-sounding Elizabeth Watts).

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
Read more piece. I find the performances of the later music must convincing: the Prokofiev, Boulanger and Copland, for instance, where a measure of coolness and objectivity is an advantage. In the earlier pieces I sometimes found Mitchell rather too reserved and distant – the great violinists of 100 years ago wouldn’t have hesitated to push forward at moments of passion, or to treat each piece as an opportunity to engage personally with their audience. The recorded sound is excellent, but the violin might have benefited from a more intimate presence.

Admirers of Frank Bridge will note his distinctive voice even in the more conventional pieces, and will be especially interested in the Morceau Caracteristique, premiered by May Harrison in about 1908 but only recently rediscovered. It’s a substantial movement, bold and virtuoso, and well worth resurrecting.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Andrew Ball (Piano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Morceau caracteristique by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Andrew Ball (Piano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 no 1 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Mélodie for Violin/Cello and Piano, H 99 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Amaryllis, H 59 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Romanze for Violin and Piano, H 45 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Moto perpetuo, H 4c by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900/1911; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Berceuse, H 8 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
11.
Short Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, H 104: no 2, Spring Song by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Fiançailles pour rire: no 5, Violon by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
15.
Early Songs (7): no 3, Die Nachtigall by Alban Berg
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano: no 1, Nocturne by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
17.
Songs (5) without Words, Op. 35: no 1, Andante by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18.
Deux Morceaux pour violon et piano: Nocturne by Lili Boulanger
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
19.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Johannes Polaschko. 

Sound Samples

Salut d'amour, Op. 12, "Liebesgruss" (version for violin and piano): Salut d'amour, Op. 12, "Liebesgruss"
7 Fruhe Lieder: No. 3. Die Nachtigall (arr. M. Mitchell)
Melodie (version for violin and piano)
2 Pieces for Violin and Piano: 2 Pieces: No. 1. Nocturne: Lento moderato
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 1. Andante
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 2. Lento ma non troppo
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 3. Animato, ma non allegro
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 4. Allegretto leggero e scherzando
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 5. Andante non troppo
Morceau Caracteristique
Thais, Act II: Meditation (arr. M.P. Marsick for violin and piano): Thais, Act II: Meditation (arr. M. P. Marsick)
Chanson de matin, Op. 15, No. 2: Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2
Amaryllis
Romanze
Nocturne (version for violin and piano): Nocturne
4 Short Pieces (version for violin and piano: 4 Short Pieces: No. 2. Spring Song (version for violin and piano)
Fiancailles pour rire, FP 101: No. 5. Violon (arr. M. Mitchell): Fiancailles pour rire: No. 5. Violon (arr. M. Mitchell)
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure
Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 52, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau" (arr. J. Palaschko): Ellen's Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 56, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau" (arr. J. Palaschko)
Moto perpetuo
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15, No. 1: Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No.1
Berceuse (version for violin and piano)
4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 (text by J.H. Mackay): 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170: No. 4. Morgen

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