The Boy Who Drew Cats
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A fascinating collection of art songs by Asian and Asian-American composers.

This recording of songs by Asian and Asian-American composers who include Ke-Chia Chen, who is on the faculty at the Curtis Institute; Taiwanese-American Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, the receipient of numerous honors and awards; Asako Hirabayashi, winner of the Alienor International Harpischord Composition Contest; Yangzhi Ma, faculty member at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; and Chen Yi, Distinguished Professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Tenor Brian Arreola is on the faculty at UNC Charlotte and has been a featured performer with opera companies around the United States. Baritone Kelvin Chan divides his time between the U.S. and the Netherlands, where he has an active career as a performer, director, theatre-maker, and singer-actor. Pianist Wei-En Hsu, a graduate of Juilliard, is now on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Contents:
Chen Yi, composer
Meditation: Two Songs for Voice & Piano
Brian Arreola (tenor); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Ke-Chia Chen, composer
Three Frost Songs
Brian Arreola (tenor); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Asako Hirabayashi, composer
The Boy Who Drew Cats
Brian Arreola (tenor); Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano); Mira Frisch (cello); Wei-Wei Le (violin)

Kozaburo Y. Hirai, composer
Nara Yama
Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Brian Arreola, composer
Love's Philosophy
Brian Arreola (tenor); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, composer
Sentiments
Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Kozaburo Y. Hirai, composer
Kuju-kuri-Hama
Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Tyzen Hsiao, composer
The Fairest Flower
Brian Arreola (tenor); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Dong Su Shin, composer
Sana
Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Nan Pa Hong, composer
Boatman's Song
Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Yangzhi Ma, composer
Thought, Go Your Way Home
Kelvin Chan (baritone); Wei-En Hsu (piano)

Review:
"…Beautifully stimulating, and often just plain beautiful, this disc is a revelation. Both singers have huge presence, assurance and diction, while the performances sound as if they are the result of deep study. Superbly recorded, superbly performed and most fetchingly illustrated, too." (Fanfare)
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