Mitchell, Madeleine


Violinist Madeleine Mitchell is particularly admired for her championship of contemporary composers. In addition to all the works written for her on this CD, violin concertos have been composed for her by Piers Hellawell, David Matthews, Guto Puw and Matthew Taylor.

Her collaborations have resulted in new works by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panfnik for solo violin and choir, premiered at Bath and Spitalfields Festivals and FiddleSticks with Ensemble Bash - works recorded for violin and percussion to accompany Lou Harison’s Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra, by Tarik O’Regan, Anne Dudley and Stuart Jones. With pianist Joanna MacGregor, she performed Messiaen's Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps and their arrangement of Bach at the BBC Proms and recorded Krauze and Messiaen, and with pianist Joel Sachs she has represented the UK at Lincoln Center.

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Suzie Maeder

Ball, Andrew


At the forefront of contemporary music for more than three decades, Andrew Ball has given premieres of works by Sofia Gubaidulina at the Bath Festival and of Hanna Kulenty's Second Piano Concerto with the Warsaw National Philharmonic. He has played Messiaen at the Proms and Ives and Busoni at the Wigmore Hall. Other premieres have included works by Chris Dench, James Wood, John Woolrich, David Matthews, John Casken, Alfred Schnittke and Edison Denisov.

Andrew Ball is now in great demand as a teacher and is a professor at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Kendall Taylor and was Head of Keyboard from 1999 to 2005. He has given master classes worldwide, most recently in New Orleans, Berlin, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Madeleine Mitchell's violin recital with renowned accompanist Andrew Ball ranges from the lyrical minimalism of Michael Nyman's On the Fiddle, and folk-influenced pieces by Stephen Montague and Stuart Jones, to the strongly-crafted Fantasia by Brian Elias, and the extraordinary effects of Nigel Osborne's solo violin piece, Taw-Raw, which Mitchell premiered at the Huddersfield Festival in 2004.

The CD is supported by the Royal College of Music, the RVW Trust and the American Embassy, London.


'For pioneering enterprise, the laurels ... go to an album from NMC called 'In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell', a whole host of works written for this remarkable one-time leader of Peter Maxwell Davies's performing group The Fires of London. ... Andrew Ball is the excellent pianist.'
The Independent 2005

'The magnificent's difficult to know what to admire more: the dedicated penetrating musicianship of violinist Madeleine Mitchell or the sheer range of the music she has inspired.'
BBC Music Magazine *****


Recording date: 14 December 2004 (KothetkcheTaw-Raw), 29-30 May 2004

Recording venue: Church of St Edward the Confessor, Mottingham (KothetkcheTaw-Raw), Wathen Hall, St Paul's School, Barnes

Engineer/ Producer: David Lefeber
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: Gerald Marks: The Madeleine Series, Untitled No.7 (1990)

(P) 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd

Oxford University Press
Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D098
Release Date:
1 May 2005