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