Release Date: March 9, 2018
Catalog #: NV6144
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Piano

Musical Images for Piano

Reflections & Recollections Vol. 1 & 2

Mark John McEncroe composer
Yoko Hagino piano

Composer Mark John McEncroe’s latest album MUSICAL IMAGES FOR PIANO presents a theater of the mind, performed with a delicacy that is both melancholic and nostalgic. Rather than attempting to shatter musical boundaries, McEncroe focuses on the introspective, letting the listener’s stories and memories give the music its own unique life.

Divided into two volumes titled “Reflections” and “Recollections,” MUSICAL IMAGES FOR PIANO is performed solo by pianist Yoko Hagino. McEncroe draws his inspiration from the setting of his Japanese garden, but beyond that, the composer does little to share his own stories. Instead, he encourages the listener to create an atmosphere where they can turn inward to give the compositions depth by associating them with their own memories.

Like paintings, McEncroe’s compositions begin simply with a title. “Daybreak,” the opening song in the second volume, the tender slur of melody brings to life a moment of renewal, almost as if you can hear the sun rising for a new beginning. On “Natalie’s Theme,” the melody wafts along sorrowful tones. The composition characterizes someone that feels familiar, knowing everything about her through song.

The pace of both “Reflections” and “Recollections” volumes provide plenty of space to take a step back from the current moment and dream about places and moments that once seemed forgotten.

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Artist Information

Mark John McEncroe

Composer

Australian composer and classically trained pianist Mark John McEncroe writes for solo piano and orchestras of all sizes. His compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States, with the biggest highlight to date being a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in February 2020.

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Yoko Hagino

Pianist

Yoko Hagino was born and raised in Japan, where she began her piano studies at the age of 4. As a child, she performed her own compositions, which took her to Europe and the United States, including performances as a concert soloist with the Czech Symphony, the University of Southern California Symphony, Kyoto City Symphony, and Ensemble Orchestra Kanazawa. Hagino has appeared as a soloist with Osaka Century Orchestra, UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, White Rabbit Sinfonietta, and has also performed various piano recitals ranging from the music of Bach to contemporary repertoire. Hagino is a prize winner of the Steinway Society Piano Competition, the First International Chamber Music Competition, the All-Japan Selective Competition of the International Mozart Competition, and Chamber Music Competition of Japan.

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