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Cantata 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust by J. S. Bach

Recorded live with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, January 9-10, 2016

Conducted by Delta David Gier. Many, many thanks to the SDSO for the recording and permission for its use! 

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust

Movement 1: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (Aria)


Movement 2:  Die Welt, das Sündenhaus (Recitative)


Movement 3:  Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen (Aria)


Movement 4:  Wer sollte sich demnach (Recitative)


Movement 5:  Mir ekelt mehr zu leben (Aria)

Independent Recordings

In 2010 composer Catherine Dalton and I collaborated on a project to record three of her solo pieces, "Siana," "Maybe So," and Fly With Me." Click the button below to sample them on CDBaby.com.

SianaCover.jpg     MaybeSoCover.jpg     FlyWithMeCover.jpg

Messiah, G. F. Handel

Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion

with the St. John's Oratorio Chorus & Orchestra, Joyce Larson, conductor

Recorded live on December 11, 2009

Requiem, W.A. Mozart

United We Stand Mozart Requiem.JPGwith the Bel Canto Chorus and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra

Conducted by Richard Hynson

9.11.11 United We Stand aired on Milwaukee and Wisconsin Public Television on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. It was an honor to sing this performance and it's a pleasure to share it with you right here!

Special thanks to Milwaukee Public Television for sharing it on YouTube.

St. John Passion - J. S. Bach

Recorded live with the Bach Society of Minnesota, March 24, 2012

Conducted by Paul Boehnke

This recording was broadcast live on Minnesota Public Radio on Good Friday, 2012.
 

Von den Strikken meiner Suenden / From the Bonds of my Sins


Es ist vollbracht / It is done

Stabat Mater, by G. B. Pergolesi

Recorded live with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, January 9-10, 2016

With Hannah Lu, soprano, conducted by Delta David Gier

Many, many thanks to the SDSO for the recording and permission for its use!

 

Movement 1: Stabat mater dolorosa (Duet)

Movement 3: O quam tristis et afflicta (Duet)

Movement 4: Quae maerebat et dolebat (Aria)

Movement 5: Quis est homo (Duet)

Movement 7: Eia, mater, fons amoris (Aria)

Movement 8: Fac, ut ardeat cor meum (Duet)

Movement 12: Quando corpus morietur (Duet)

Amen

Vang vang trời vào xuân (Spring Reverberations)

by Cung Tiến, poetry by Thanh Tâm Tuyền 

with Mary Duncan, piano

Recorded live.

This song cycle, Spring Reverberations, uses the poetry of Thanh Tâm Tuyền, who was a prisoner of war in a north Vietnamese "re-education camp" after the Vietnam war and eventually made his way to the United States and settled in Minnesota until his death.

The themes of the poetry run along friendship, childhood, and being free amidst constraints.SpringReverberations.JPG

Written and sung in Vietnamese, this song cycle was given to me by the composer himself in 2001. It wasn't until 2011 that this song cycle was finally presented in its entirety in St. Paul, Minnesota; I was the first singer to do so and, to everyone's delight, with the composer in attendance. (Picture right:  Mary Duncan, Cung Tiến, me.)

You can easily hear the easy blending of western music with traditional eastern music and how it expresses these unforgettable texts.

Listen to four clips below. 

Vang vang trời vào xuân (Spring Reverberations)

1.    Long Giao - Long Giao


2.    Trăng tù - Prisoner’s Moon


3.    Hái chè dưới trời mưa tháng bảy - Picking Tea Leaves in the July Rain
4.    Trưa tháng chín trên đồi cọ - September Afternoon on the Palm Trees Hill
5.    Bài hát tự do - The Final Freedom
6.    Nhổ cỏ hương nhu nhớ bạn - Picking Lavender Grass and Missing You


7.    Chiều cuối năm qua xóm ngèo - On a Year-End Evening, Passing Through a Poor Hamlet
8.    Chiều nắng hang trên đồi hương nhu - Late Afternoon Sun on Lavender Hill
9.    Ngã trên núi khi đi vác nứa - Falling on the Hill While Carrying Sharp Bamboo
10.  Vang vang trời vào xuân - Spring Reverberations