Tag Archives: Navona

Mark dal Porto–Peace, Nature & Renewal

A mix of orchestral pieces, duos and chorales, variable in style. Try the instrumentals!

Arnold Schoenberg–and His 17 Fragments

Highly abstract solo piano pieces exploring rhythm, tones, articulations and the expanse of the keyboard. Interesting!

Mark John McEncroe–Live in Ostrava

Robust symphonic works about life changing and repeating (possibly in futility), recorded live. Short works for symphonies. Play!

Carl Vollrath–Souls in Transition

Beautiful pieces for piano trio, abstract interesting plucking and rhythmic changes–play!

David Carpenter–From the Valley of Baca

A mix of chamber pieces, instrumental or baritone with piano, quiet. Play most!

Sustain–Works for Solo Piano and Percussion Instruments

Mostly piano, varied and contemporary and two other works for abstract marimba/vibraphone. Play!

Garth Baxter–Resistance

Described in the liner notes as  modern traditional, these are gracious, lyrical, predominantly slow and quiet for strings and piano, some sax and flute. Play!

The John Psathas Percussion Project Vol. 1

Excellent works for drums, marimba and/or vibraphone, and one piano quintet. Play!

Great Southern Land–Australian Trumpet Music by Brendan Collins

Contemporary works for trumpet, piano and some trombone. Nice!

Hakan A. Toker–Messing Around—with the classics!

Toker re-arranges all kinds of baroque, classical  and jazz pieceswith jazzy-classical inflection. Some pieces work better than others, the more modern works in my opinion.

Dennis Kam–Several Times

Pieces composed over 40 yr span, varying, intense, abstract. Play most!

Hayes Biggs–When You Are Reminded by the Instruments

Widely varying works for a variety of instruments (sax, piano, strings, orchestra, steel pan) or choir.

Songs Without Words

With Baroque instruments, (baroque oboe, viola da gamba and harpsichord) Songs from theBaroque to pop  and modern interpreted

Michael G. Cunningham–Mezzanine Seat–Works for Orchestra

Mostly short orchestral pieces, contemporary. Play!


A mix of instrumental, and voice, all contemporary. Nancy Tucker’s pieces great!

Simon Andrews–and that moment when the bird sings

Gracious, also a bit dark works for piano, strings, horn, some voice.

Legend and Light–New Works for Large Ensemble

Short orchestral works, varied, contemporary. Play!

In Your Head–New Music for Piano 4 Hands

Interesting pieces, with a fair amount of staccato, abrupt changes. Play most!

Parts to Play

Varied pieces for violin, some with piano–all modern to contemporary, a little bravura. Andres’ and Larson’s works lovely!

Mark John McEncroe–My Symphonic Poems

The title word “poem” describes these gracious, swelling works inspired by nature and the seasons. Play!

Brahms/Carter Clarinet Quintets

Interesting combination of classical vs. abstract and modern clarinet quintets. Play!

Ingrid Stolzel–The Gorgeous Nothings

Beautiful, gracious, contemporary music, some with voice, varying instruments. Play!

Boundless–American Works for Solo Piano

All contemporary works with highly varying styles–play!

John A. Carollo–Music from the Ethereal Side of Paradise

Interesting mix of pieces for various instruments (guitar, violin, orchestra, flute) with some voice. Play most!

Kamyar Mohajer–Pictures of the Hidden

Contemporary chamber works, some with voice and Eastern elements. Play!