Textura.org have reviewed McEncroe's new album Symphonic Suites 1 & 2: "More than anything else, two things in particular distinguish the music presented on Mark John McEncroe's Symphonic Suites 1 & 2: mood and melody. "Dynamic contrast is fundamental to the ninety-minute work, with robust, horns-heavy passages countered by woodwinds-driven sections of a quieter disposition. In terms of thematic material, tension between the economically challenged peasants and the wealthy ro
PARMA Recording's August round of releases is a little different from their previous offerings. On August 11th, they’re releasing Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović’s debut album on Navona Records; it’s an exciting, inspired all-piano take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. They've also got composer Bill Whitley’s debut album featuring sumptuous chamber music, an opera by Ross Crean based on Welsh author Arthur Machen’s eponymous novel of scientific hubris and supernatura
McEncroe's new album, SYMPHONIC SUITES NUMBER 1 & 2 – A MEDIEVAL SAGA will be released through Parma Recordings and Navona Records on August 11, 2017.
SYMPHONIC SUITES NUMBER 1 & 2 – A MEDIEVAL SAGA is a classic adventure in orchestral music. Powered by McEncroe’s thematic style, these two symphonic suites lead the listener through a harrowing and dramatic story of ancient conflict and grandeur. Like a film score from the Golden Age Of Hollywood, McEncroe’s musical ‘storytel
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
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
McEncroe's third CD Affirmations and Aspirations has received a glowing review in November's issue of 'The Studio' magazine. Here is the review in full. Review by William Clark Following on from the successful unique piano CD’s, the Wirripang label presents Australian composer Mark John McEncroe's CD release, Affirmations and Aspirations with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Anthony Armore. Orchestrations are by Mark J Saliba. The CD commences with the Fanfare
Fish Fine Music, Sydney’s premiere classical and jazz music specialist, has shined the spotlight on Mark in its weekly newsletter.
The newsletter which is sent out to Fish’s VIP mailing list features a profile on Mark with links to his three CDs which are now available in Fish’s Central-Sydney bricks and mortar store, as well as its comprehensive online store.
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• Affirmations and Aspirations
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Affirmations & Aspirations is a series of three symphonic performances of the music of Australian composer Mark John McEncroe. The performances by The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra were recorded in The Czech Republic in 2013 and 2014 and consist of “Fanfare Suite” (a four-movement work), and two symphonic poems: “The Passing” and “A Celebration of the Natural World.” Very classical in styling, McEncroe’s orchestral work feels more traditionally-structured than much of his so
Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com has just posted her reviews of Mark's second volume "Reflections & Recollections Vol 2". The reviewer finds several favourites among the eleven pieces, which range from lively and spirited, melancholy and gorgeous, to darker and more emotional, expressed in "deep tonal colors". "I also really like the dark and mysterious “A Penny For Your Thoughts.”
I hear quite a bit of Chopin in this piece, and I LOVE Chopin!" Read Kathy's CD review and she
As a composer it’s a great feeling to have another work completed, and in the last year I have had the satisfaction of writing three Symphonic Suites and another Symphonic Poem. But even more satisfying is to see these works performed and recorded. So, while Sydneysiders were enjoying the sun and the beach in January this year, I made my 6th trip to wintry Europe, to Vienna and the The Czech Republic, to record my latest works with The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Janáčkov