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Erling Wold (b.1958): Certitude and Joy, chamber opera / Laura Bohn, Jo Vincent Parks, Talya Patrick et al.

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  1. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, The Proem: God Decided to Tempt Abraham $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, The Proem: As a Young Boy Interested in Mathematics $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, The Proem: in 2005, a Young Woman from Oakland $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, The Proem: Later, as I Read More $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, The Proem: in Writing the Libretto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene I: The Sun Was So Bright $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene II: My Mama Ran Over My Cat $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene II: My Chosen $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene II: My Friends Who Took Drugs in High School $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene II: My Boys $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene II: A Parent Loves Her Children $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene II: But You Talk to Me, You Are Here with Me $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene III: You Choose Us $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene III: My Kids $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene IV: When the Headaches Begin, I Am Still Alone $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene V: Take Your Sons, Your Three Sons, Whom Thou Lovest $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene V: Early the Next Morning $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene VI: Dear Father, Dear Jesus $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene VI: I See the Light Form About Your Brow $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene VIII: How Is Heaven Holding Up? $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Erling Wold — Certitude and Joy, Scene IX: I Want to See You $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Wold, Erling : Certitude and Joy, chamber opera
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Notes & Reviews:

The newest chamber opera by Erling Wold, "a true California eccentric and polymath" (Bachtrack), Certitude and Joy is a "bold, heartbreaking operatic meditation on madness and religious faith [that draws] explicit connections between the infanticide stories of the Bible and those of our own day, and [finds] a probing musical language in which to express those ideas" (San Francisco Chronicle). Wold's libretto centers on the 2005 story of LaShaun Harris, who was told by God to throw her three children into the San Francisco Bay, which she did, undressing them and killing them all in a brief ritual after a day spent in the city, sightseeing and eating hot dogs. The story is combined with Wold's own search for the certitude of faith. As a member of the diverse cast, Laura Bohn is "simply astonishing" (A Beast in a Jungle) in the role of Harris, when "in a long and gorgeous monologue of Wagnerian intensity, lovingly offers up her precious children to their heavenly father. You know it's coming, but the power of the scene is unbearably wrenching even so." (SF Chronicle)



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>Wold, Erling : Certitude and Joy, chamber opera
  • Performers: Laura Bohn; Keisuke Nakagoshi (Piano); Jo Parks; Talya Patrick (Voice); Travis Rowland (Voice); Eva-Maria Zimmermann (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary