Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Andrew Ball (piano)
A former leader of both the RCM's Contemporary Ensemble and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's performing group the Fires of London, Madeleine Mitchell premiered all works on this generously full NMC anthology - and there are copious reqards to be had along the way.
Michael Nyman's On the Fiddle communicate[s] strongly ... a diverting triptych based on material from three of his film scores (Prospero's Books, A Zed and Two Noughts, and The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover).
Brian Elias's substantial Fantasia [was] commissioned by Mitchell as long ago as 1986.
I'm happy to report that Mitchell turns in a wonderfully accomplished, irreproachably sensitive set of performances and she receives outstanding support from Andrew Ball. Really excellent presentation and sound, too. This enterprising collection deserves every success.
Andrew Achenbach, The Gramophone, 7/1/2005