Musical Images for Chamber Orchestra
Reflections & Recollections Vol. 2
MUSICAL IMAGES FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
REFLECTIONS & RECOLLECTIONS VOL. 2
Release date: February 14th, 2020
Catalog #: NV6269
Mark John McEncroe - Composer
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Antony Armore - conductor
Navona Records proudly presents its latest release from composer Mark John McEncroe: MUSICAL IMAGES FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – REFLECTIONS & RECOLLECTIONS VOL. 2. The album, which was recorded in the Czech Republic, features 11 of McEncroe’s piano works performed by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.
McEncroe capitalizes on his rich and compelling life experiences to craft this series of vivid musical reflections. Daybreak, the album’s first track, sets the tone with a bright, unflappable woodwind passage, which is met with a lush, sweeping string accompaniment. The consoling effervescence of this first piece is paired with Floating Lilies, featuring a series of aching minor descending figures. Later on in the album, Dance of the Pagans is a mischievous and scampering piece, inviting the listener to join in the dance around the campfire. This is followed by Natalie’s Theme, in which somber recollections build and erupt into crescendo only to retreat at once to heartrending silence. The album concludes with Shimmering Lights, which guides the collection to a decisive and satisfying final cadence.
In MUSICAL IMAGES FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Mark McEncroe demonstrates both his masterful understanding of the human spirit as well as the compositional tools he employs to explore it. The album is richly dynamic, replete with towering highs and immersive lows. Listeners will be delighted to know that VOLUME 3 and VOLUME 4 in this series are already in production.
Recorded January 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic
01 Daybreak 5:47
02 Cindy’s Song 4:56
03 A Rainy Summer’s Day 4:41
04 A Penny For Your Thoughts 5:28
05 Dance Of The Pagans 4:45
06 Fleeting Images 4:14
07 Natalie’s Theme 4:42
08 Nocturnal Images 8:33
09 Fading Memories 4:24
10 Floating Lilies 10:51
11 Shimmering Lights 11:43