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Sep 202013

Beside those three epoch-marking figures, Cung Tiến, Phạm Duy, Trịnh Công-Sơn, the Vietnamese galaxy can also boast various lesser luminaries. We only have room here for two: Hạnh-Phúc Nơi Một Con Đường (At the Horizon’s Edge), by Trần Lãng-Minh, on the fifth track, and Mắt Lệ Cho Người (Lachrymosaics), by Từ Công-Phụng, on the tenth track, the first a unpublished canzonetta shot through with haunting overtones of existentialist anguishes, the second an autobiographical lamento by the composer for his defunct first love. Together they shall yet provide the inquisitive listener with another momentary glimpse into some previously unheard-of world.

Buy songs by TRẦN LÃNG MINH and TỪ CÔNG PHỤNG in “Vietnamese Romances” album