Susan Mohini Kane: A Moment of Joy Douglas MOORE (1893-1969) ‘Willow’ from The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956); Sara Carina GRAEF ‘Truth’ from Prayers from the Long History of Happiness; Cecile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) ‘Viens, mon bien-aimé!’ (1892); John DUKE (1899-1984) Be Still as you are Beautiful (1961); Ricky Ian GORDON (b.1956) ‘Joy’ from Genius Child (1993) Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Me voilà seule…Comme autrefois from Les Pêcheurs de Perles (1863); Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Aria for soprano Un moto di gioia K579 (1789); Ned ROREM (b.1923) Silver Swan (1949); Fanny HENSEL (1805-1847) Warum sind denn die Rosen so blaß? (1837) Op.1 No.3 Georges Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) E pur così in un giorno ... Piangerò, la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare (1724); Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Selige Nacht (1913-14); Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Pastorale (1921); Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) ‘Mariettas Lied zur Laute’ from Die Tote Stadt (c.1920) [6:21] Susan Mohini Kane (soprano); Kristof Van Gryspeer (piano)
I would not normally highlight a CD of music that is not largely British on my 'blog'- however I am delighted to make an exception with the first release from Susan Mohini Kane. There are three good reasons for this. First and foremost she has been a great friend to English music by her interest in the composer Liza Lehmann. Her thesis, is well-argued, enjoyable and a vital contribution to British musicology. Secondly the inclusion of an aria by that honorary Englishman, Handel was an excellent choice and lastly the CD is presented as a journey - for the singer. It s a concept that I would like to see used more often in the devising of CD programmes - especially of vocal and instrumental music.
I concluded my review by noting that "Susan Mohini Kane does not have a ‘big’ voice – she is no Anne Sofie von Otter, Renée Fleming or Montserrat Caballé. She is more at home in the middle to lower ranges of her voice. Yet the added value that she brings to these songs is a crystal-clearness of tone, her undoubted enthusiasm and minute attention to detail. Additionally she backs up her singing career with scholarly erudition. Her accompanist Kristof Van Gryspeer is always sympathetic and responsive to both Kane’s voice and the wide variety of moods and styles represented on this CD.
This is a CD to enjoy in the company of a gifted and enthusiastic singer: it explores ground rarely traversed by better known artists. A singular pleasure."