Portraits: Works for Flute Clarinet & Piano


August 11, 2017

About the Album

The McGill/McHale Trio, an international all-star ensemble of flute, clarinet, and piano, makes its recording debut with Portraits, featuring world-premiere recordings of new compositions and arrangements for this captivating combination of instruments. Trio flutist Demarre McGill, a Chicago native, has served as principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Dallas, Seattle, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras. His brother, Anthony McGill, is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and former principal of the Met Orchestra. Michael McHale, one of Ireland's leading pianists, has performed as soloist with the Minnesota, Halle, Moscow, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras and all five of Ireland's major orchestras. The ''title track'', Valerie Coleman's Portraits of Langston is a six-movement suite inspired by Langston Hughe's poetry. Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali reads a Hughes poem before each movement. Chris Rogerson's ''A Fish Will Rise'' evokes rippling water and sparkling sunlight. Pianist McHale's arrangement of Rachmaninov's ''Vocalise'' splits the original vocal line between flute and clarinet, supported by Rachmaninov's original piano accompaniment. Paul Schoenfield's spirited ''Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano'' springs surprises on the Charleston, rag, and jig dance forms. Philip Hammond's ''The Lamentation of Owen O'Neil'' and McHale's arrangement of ''Parade'' channels the spirit and energy of electronic pop.

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1. A Fish Will Rise - Chris Rogerson

Portraits of Langston - Valerie Coleman
2. Helen Keller (reading)
3. I. Prelude: Helen Keller
4. Danse Africaine (reading)
5. II. Danse Africaine
6. Le Grand Duc Mambo (reading)
7. III. Le Grand Duc Mambo
8. In Time of Silver Rain (reading)
9. IV. Silver Raid
10. Jazz Band in a Parisian Cabaret (reading)
11. V. Jazz Band in a Parisian Cabaret
12. Summer Night (reading)
13. VI. Harlem's Summer Night

14. Techno - Parade - Guillaume Connesson
15. Vocalise - Sergei Rachmaninov, arr. Michael McHale

Sonatina - Paul Schoenfield
16. I. Charleston
17. II. Hunter Rag
18. III. Jig

19. The Lamentation of Owen O'Neil - Philip Hammond

20. The Lark in the Clear Air - Irish Traditional, arr. McHale