More to come. . .
Here are a few old cassette recordings from some of Jeanne Mitchell’s performances in the 1980s, rendered digitally (with mixed results). As you’ll hear, some are in better shape than others. I’ll be adding more, bit by bit, as I transfer them to digital format.
Bartok “Romanian Folk Dance,” circa 1980, performed with the Litchfield (Conn.) Chamber Orchestra. Lovely performance; fuzzy tape.
Bach Partita No. 2 in D Minor, performed at a 1984 recital in New Milford, Conn. The tape starts out fine but gets seriously (and heart-breakingly) wobbly in the middle, worsening all the way into the “Chaconne.” Suffice to say this is a failure of the cassette, not the performer.
Haydn Concerto in C Major. 1987 performance of Mitchell’s arrangement — with a new cadenza — from a recital at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. Not a bad recording, but my transfer is a little tinny. The organist is Jon Lafleur. From the program notes: “This concert version was devised in 1987 by Jeanne Mitchell Biancolli and dedicated to the Abbey of Regina Laudis with gratitude and love. It includes a new Cadenza, restructuring of the Finale, and a new Keyboard Accompaniment.”