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My Symphonic Poems: Orchestral Images


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In My Symphonic Poems, this album that is Mark John McEnroe’s fourth recording overall for Navona Records, the Australian composer explores worlds both internal and external. On each of the album’s ten tracks, McEnroe has crafted a musical painting, a work of art that describes, as it were, his reflections on the subject alluded to in its title. The concepts for these very personal compositions, which were brought to life by the noted Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Armore, fall into two basic categories. The five selections on the first portion of the release talk of the wonders of the natural world, of bio-diversity, and of the power of the seasons. From the spry energy of ‘That Old Indian Summer’, to the majestic dignity of ‘Movements in the Night’, McEnroe’s talent for creating compositions that evoke both image and emotion is on vibrant display. The second half features two tracks that also explore ecological terrain. Those are combined with three distinctively introspective compositions which musically portray the joys and difficulties that are a part of daily life. The tumultuous beginning of ‘The Passing’, which the composer says is “about letting go of old ideas that are no longer relevant,” evolves, as the music becomes brighter, to reflect the promise of a hopeful future. ‘Echoes from a Haunted Past’ captures the frustration at not having resolved issues from the past. Those tracks bookend the playful, pastoral ‘A Pageant at the County Fair.’ In his rather brief career, Mark John McEnroe has composed pieces that have been performed by solo pianists as well as by full orchestras. My Symphonic Poems, the latest addition to his robust body of work, confirms that his capacity to portray both ambiance and emotion is truly boundless.
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Item number NV6189
Barcode 896931004893
Release date 10/12/2018
Category Orchestral
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Conductor Armoré, Anthony
Orchestra Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc: 1
Summer's Last Hurrah00:09:00
1 Summer's Last Hurrah 00:08:51 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
That Old Indian Summer00:07:00
2 That Old Indian Summer 00:07:24 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
Mid Autumn's Deep Colours00:04:00
3 Mid Autumn's Deep Colours 00:10:54 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
Movements in the Night00:04:00
4 Movements in the Night 00:10:28 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
An Early Autumn Morning00:04:00
5 An Early Autumn Morning 00:21:19 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
Disc: 2
Deep in the Wilderness00:04:00
1 Deep in the Wilderness 00:08:43 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
The Passing00:03:00
2 The Passing 00:07:25 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
Symphonic Poem (Echoes from a Haunted Past)00:09:00
3 Echoes from a Haunted Past 00:08:31 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
A Pageant at the County Fair00:06:00
4 A Pageant at the County Fair 00:06:20 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
Symphonic Poem, "A Celebration of the Natural Worl00:17:00
5 A Celebration of the Natural World 00:17:19 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Armoré, Anthony
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