Susan Mohini Kane | A Moment of Joy

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A Moment of Joy

by Susan Mohini Kane

A beautiful collection of classical art songs and arias performed by a soprano with a crystal clear voice and an expressively sensitive pianist. Think Arleen Auger or Elly Ameling & Alfred Brendel. A perfect choice for inspiration and stress relief.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Willow
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
4:17 $0.99
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2. truth
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
5:13 $0.99
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3. Viens, mon bien-aimé
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
2:01 $0.99
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4. Be Still As You Are Beautiful
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
3:20 $0.99
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5. Joy
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
2:48 $0.99
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6. Comme autrefois
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
6:36 $0.99
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7. Un moto di gioja
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
1:51 $0.99
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8. The Silver Swan
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
3:24 $0.99
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9. Warum sind denn die Rosen
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
2:28 $0.99
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10. Piangerò
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
8:04 $0.99
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11. Selige Nacht
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
2:22 $0.99
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12. Pastorale
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
2:50 $0.99
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13. Mariettas Lied
Susan Mohini Kane & Kristof Van Gryspeer
6:20 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Susan Mohini Kane’s thoughts and inspiration that led to A Moment of Joy

“I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself, 
And what I assume you shall assume, 
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, 
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, 
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their 
parents the same, 
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, 
Hoping to cease not till death. Creeds and schools in abeyance, 
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten, 
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard, 
Nature without check with original energy.” (Walt Whitman)

As I contemplated the prospect of producing a solo CD, my first entré into artistic expression in a digital form, the most important bit of advice I received was to make the project an expression of me, a song of myself. It was clear that many greater artists than I had recorded many of these pieces with great orchestras and famous pianists. I simply could not compete in that type of a marketplace. It was a great piece of advice that freed me to break all the rules and to make the CD about my own artistic expression. It also started me on a spiritual journey to discover who I am as an artist.

I wondered if an American singer should only sing American music. I wondered truly would be an authentic expression of myself as a singer and as a human member of this planet. How could I deny that I am born and raised in the US? To go further, born and raised in the midwest. I went to Taos, New Mexico, to contemplate all the possibilities. I was raised to perform folk songs and Christmas carols, hymns and patriotic songs. I was trained to sing Italian opera and French art song and German Lieder. I was trained to sing old renaissance madrigals, baroque cantatas, classical arias, romantic songs, and modern repertoire from classical composers. But who am I as an artist?

For help I turned to Georgia O’Keefe and Walt Whitman. Georgia O’Keefe, whose work was all around me in New Mexico, inspired me to use my classical training to create my sounds but to eschew all the academic and industry “rules” and sing what I like. Walt Whitman, at first a purist who thought that pure American music had to come from America’s raw, untrained, authentic people: the lullabies mothers sang to their children, hawkers selling their wares in city streets, workers in the fields, and cole miner’s songs. He, at first, believed that Americans couldn’t authentically sing European music and still have it make sense to the independent American spirit…and then he fell in love with opera. European music suddenly wasn’t only for the rich and silly people in frilly costumes. It touched his heart, it made his own soul fly and soar over vast landscapes. It had no borders or nationality. He found European art songs and arias an authentic form of expression for any nationality.

So, with Walt’s approval, I tentatively thought that I, a girl from Iowa, raised on her grandmother’s farm, the daughter of a father who was a construction worker, could authentically use her classical training, but only if it truly touched her own heart. The excerpt from Song of Myself quoted above so accurately describes my own feeling about my authentic music that I wanted to share it with you. My singing is born of myself. It could be nothing else. I hope you enjoy it.


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