John Mitchell | Sheremetyev Ensemble - Mitchell in Moscow

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Sheremetyev Ensemble - Mitchell in Moscow

by John Mitchell

Beautiful new classical chamber music written in the traditional melodic, harmonic style. Recorded at the Moscow Radio House in an inspired performance by the Sheremetyev Ensemble.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Ballad-Sonata for Violin and Piano
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2. Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1)
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3. Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (2)
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4. Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (3)
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5. Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (1)
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6. Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2)
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7. Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (3)
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8. Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (4)
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9. Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (1)
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10. Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (2)
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11. Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (3)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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BIOGRAPHY:

American classical composer John Mitchell was born in Hollywood, California on April 26,1941, first son of John Stewart Mitchell, pianist and cousin of Canadian novelist W.O. Mitchell, and Hungarian-born singer Teresa Hideg Mitchell. He studied music composition at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became a protégé of Dr. John Vincent, then head of composition.

Since 1962 Mitchell has been a church music director, organist, and opera coach. His compositions include works for solo piano and organ, choral music, chamber music, art songs and operas. In 2000-2002 he wrote two piano sonatas, a song cycle based on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, a setting of Robert Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came for vocal quartet, a quartet for flute, viola, bassoon and piano, a dance suite for piano, a requiem mass, and song settings of poetry of Anne Sexton. Current projects include song settings of the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Persian poet Kabir (in translation), South American poets Jorge Luis Borges and Delmira Agustini (in the original Spanish), a string quartet, and an opera based on Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Mitchell is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Music Center, and the Center for Promotion of Contemporary Composers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Vicky , a dog named Chelsea, and five cats (Elizabeth, Adolf, Shelley, Isolde and Babalou).


FAN MAIL:

As I type this, I'm listening to the piano quartet and enjoying it enormously. What wonderful stuff!

best,
Jeff
(Jeffrey Sweet, playwright, http://hometown.aol.com/DgSWEET/index.html)

Dear John
I took a chance and listened to your music on MP3.com. You are a great composer. I didn't know there were any of them out there any more. I wish you the best of luck with your great music.---David Bagno, composer, MP3.com, http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/62/david_bagno.html

To: Vicky
Honestly, I don't like very much classical music.
So, the truth is that I made some effort to listen to John's "Trio for...". Well, efforts were to start. After 30 seconds no more effort and after 2 minutes I stopped.... and started again the whole song to get the pleasure of listening.
Well, just to say it's a good surprise to me. The rank of this song let me think that it probably is a good surprise too for thousands of listeners.---Michel Camboulives (CAMBOU), composer (Europop), MP3.com, http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/156/cambou.html

Estimado Maestro John Mitchell:
Hoy lo conocí por Internet en su página oficial, escuché las obras disponibles, y ya no dudé que estaba frente a un GRAN COMPOSITOR. ¡¡¡Gracias a Dios aún quedan creadores con el buen gusto clásico, y que entienden y saben transmitir lo que es realmente el arte!!!.---Fernando Esteban, music student, Argentina, mmoozzaarrtt2003@yahoo.com.ar

...una Música de alguien llamado John Mitchell, una Música creada HOY con el Espíritu de Siempre, esto es, de la Música de toda la Vida, la que crearon los que conocemos hoy como Los Grandes. Dentro de 100 años, de 200 o de 3000, su Música seguirá sonando.---Quirón Alvar,Primera Puerta, http://quiron_alvar.tripod.com


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Ryan Tanaka

Hands down one of the best original compositions online anywhere.
Mr. Mitchell's work (Piano Quartet, Op.27) is hands down one of the best original compositions you'll find online anywhere: You won't find too much music on the net that matches the quality of this work, both in terms of compositional skill and performance wise. If you're a fan of classical or romantic music, and getting tired of listening to the same composers over and over then I suggest you take a look at Mr. Mitchell's site. You won't find too much "new music" written in this kind of style, at least not on recordings, and definitely not in the world of the internet.

Clark Engbrecht

Anyone who has an ear for classical stylings will enjoy this piece.
Upon listening to John Mitchell's Piano Quartet Op 27 (1), I was struck by the traditional classical approach. Much of what I hear in modern Classical music is somewhat unaccessable to average listeners due to the composer's use of unfamiliar meters, harmonies, and rhythms. This piece for piano, violin, viola, and cello is a well structured and very engaging piece. The piece begins with a rather majestic introduction followed by brief modulation to a very energetic sixteenth note pattern played by the piano with the strings stating the theme. There are all the elements of a good classical piece here: discernable motifs, themes and variations. The composer does an excellent job of integrating the instruments into a cohesive whole. I believe anyone who has an ear for classical stylings will truely enjoy this piece.

Christoph

exciting
composition: great, a realy inspired composer, in best traditions but never old fashioned

sheremetyev ensemble: wonderful artists, high level of performence

cd: the ensemble understands wonderfully the intention of the composer - I hope to hear more of both (and don't understand he doesn't sell all his cds on cdbaby but you have to pick them together in several shops online)