McEncroe's new album Dark Clouds In Life has received an impressive review on textura.org. The reviewer writes: "It's not uncommon for classical composers to explore themes of tragedy and loss in their works, but such themes are often handled in a rather general way that accentuates their universality. On Dark Clouds In Life, Australian composer Mark John McEncroe foresakes the general... Yet in writing material that is so personal, he also maximizes its emotional effect, and
During his tour of the USA to launch his new CD Dark Clouds In Life, McEncroe was interviewed by Ron Schepper of textura.org. "To say that Mark John McEncroe has led a life unlike any other composer hardly does the claim justice; after all, how many others can say they came to a career in music after working as both a chef and label manager, as he did. Luckily for us, the Sydney, Australia-born artist eventually did turn his attention to composing..." To see how McEncroe answ
Kathy Parsons has reviewed McEncroe's latest album Dark Clouds in Life: "This is very definitely a work of classical scope, sweep, and style... As the 21 1/2 minute movement unfolds, many emotions are expressed - some via the piano, but most by the orchestra. Some of these emotions are contrite and sad, some are big and turbulent, and some just feel lost. There is tremendous power in this music! "Dark Clouds in Life is an exceptionally powerful album and one that deserves a g
McEncroe's fourth Album Dark Clouds in Life, released on March 10 2017, is reviewed on A Closer Listen. Reviewer Richard Allen writes: "Dark Clouds in Life is a rare creature, an album about depression that isn’t depressing. Through it all ~ and especially in the album’s core, “Natalie’s Suite” ~ the composer remains empathetic and above all, hopeful.... McEncroe writes that by embracing the same key, he establishes a “tragic soundscape.” But there’s more at play here, perha
New PARMA Recordings artist Mark John McEncroe didn’t start his music career until he was 35. Although music has always been an interest and he played many instruments, including trumpet, flute, and clarinet, it took some time before he settled into composition and piano, where he studied under PARMA artist Margaret Brandman. Mark John McEncroe is the March 2017 featured artist on “Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the personalities of Parma's artists. Read the full stor
On March 10th, McEncroe's 4th CD, "Dark Clouds In Life" will be released through Parma Recordings and Navona Records. This is a special collection of Mark's piano and orchestral works, a conceptual release focused on overcoming addiction and depression which draws on personal experience.
Performed by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Helen Kennedy.
For full details including track listing, read more at the Navona catalog listing. Check out all the new releases