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by The Mirage Ensemble

Take opera, theater, poetry and chamber music; add liberal amounts of wit and musical virtuosity; stir vigorously - and voila - you have the Mirage Ensemble: a scrumptious combination of soprano, clarinet and piano.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Six Japanese Songs: Loneliness
1:38 album only
2. Six Japanese Songs: Essences
0:26 album only
3. Six Japanese Songs: Iris
0:40 album only
4. Six Japanese Songs: Death Song
1:53 album only
5. Six Japanese Songs: Two White Butterflies
0:27 album only
6. Six Japanese Songs: Snow
2:07 album only
7. Drei Lieder: Erfullung
2:37 album only
8. Drei Lieder: Du bist wie eine Blume
2:20 album only
9. Drei Lieder: Ich denke dein
1:50 album only
10. Three Songs: Of All the Birds That I Do Know
1:44 album only
11. Three Songs: Flow My Tears
2:36 album only
12. Three Songs: Ho, Who Comes Here?
1:28 album only
13. Two Old Birds
4:19 album only
14. Bits and Pieces: Slow, Slow Fresh Fount
2:32 album only
15. Bits and Pieces: Did Not
1:22 album only
16. Bits and Pieces: Waste
0:27 album only
17. Bits and Pieces: I Heard a Linnet Courting
1:34 album only
18. Parto, ma tu ben mio
6:27 album only


Album Notes

"This CD is brilliant!" The Mirage Ensemble has at last delivered a portable piece of their "je ne sais quois." The perfect musical accompaniment to captive hours on the highway or clandestine culinary expeditions in the kitchen, this CD is filled with wit, pathos and hauntingly beautiful melodies brought to life with uniquely theatrical flair. Indulge in this terrific sampler of music for soprano, clarinet and piano that is sure to delight.

"Aspects is an adventurous, original and attractive programme, beautifully performed, from this most imaginative and refined young ensemble."
- Michael Emery, Senior Producer, BBC Singers


Take opera, theater, poetry and chamber music; add liberal amounts of wit and musical virtuosity; stir vigorously - and voila! - you have the Mirage Ensemble: a scrumptious combination of soprano, clarinet and piano. Hailed as "exceptional" and "as inventive as they are charming," the Mirage Ensemble presents chamber concerts of superb, vibrant and theatrically compelling music. Whether in concert halls, museums, wine cellars or under a tarp at a rainy outdoor festival, audiences embrace with palpable excitement the group's commanding rapport. Devotees of the classics and staunch advocates of contemporary music both find a home in the Mirage Ensemble's eclectic and strikingly beautiful repertoire. This is a group on the rise, defining with each appearance its own particular blend of polish, accessibility and innovation.


"The Mirage Ensemble presents programs of a challenging and entertaining repertoire spanning three centuries. Their well-polished and energetic performances come to life with a freshness and striking accessibility. This trio is a tight-knit, bright group of musicians, who meet the challenges of their demanding repertoire with wonderful technique and easy charm. I recommend their concerts highly - they are enlightening and lots of fun."
- Jonathan Khuner, Artistic and Musical Director, Berkeley Opera; Assistant Conductor, Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera.

"Exceptional"..."as inventive as they are charming"
- Marin Independent Journal

"Karen Hall's vibrant voice is a delight."
- San Francisco Examiner

"Robert Bailis' memorable debut performance in London, doubtless the first of many appearances in this country, was the highlight of our summer season."
- Matthew Greenall, Director, British Music Information Centre

"Hadley McCarroll is one of the most expressive pianists I have heard. She is a technically intuitive and sensitive musician who plays magnificently with her trio, The Mirage Ensemble."
- Matthias Kuntzsch, Conductor: Frankfurt Conservatory of Music and Hamburg Conservatory of Music; Artistic/Music Director: B.A.S.O.T.I.


"Six Japanese Songs" (1985) by Margaret Garwood (b.1927)
"Drei Lieder" (1843) by Gottfried Herrmann (1808-1878)
"Three Songs for Soprano and Clarinet in A" (1931) by Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)
"Two Old Birds" (1957) by Jacob Avshalomov (b.1919)
"Selections from Bits and Pieces" (1991) by Seymour Barab (b.1921)
"Parto, ma tu ben mio" (1791) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)



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Karen Hall

Karen Hall as opera singer, ballet dancer, artist and writer for television is a great way to introduce Karen to the rest of Hollywood.

Karen L. Hall Fine Arts Studio

Look for the name KAREN HALL on anything in the arts for great entertainment.
It is great to hear a fresh new sound in opera. I give this recording 5 stars.