Phred Mileski, soprano, and Barrett Seals, oboe, bring us a lovely Bach Aria this week, entitled Hört ihr Augen aur zu Weinen (Cease Weeping, My Eyes).

Phred sang this aria in her first public recital twenty-three years ago and “was curious to know what it felt like to sing it again.” This aria has a very big and beautiful oboe part, which is what attracted Phred to it in the first place. “Way back when I was putting together repertoire for this first recital, the idea of carrying an entire concert made me very nervous,” and sharing the stage with the oboe made it much more comfortable. “ I came to classical singing relatively late and didn’t even begin voice lessons until I was nearly 30, after singing with rock bands for eight years.” The text is very optimistic and seems especially appropriate now-” stop crying, God lives, bear the yoke patiently.” Those are certainly good words for the 4th Sunday of Lent. 

Barrett Seals, a senior musician with the US Coast Guard Band, not only played the oboe but also put this recording together for us. I am at the harpsichord.

Hört ihr Augen aur zu Weinen (Cease Weeping, My Eyes) Text

Cease you eyes to weep!
For I bear with patience my heavy yoke
God the Father still lives,
Of those who are his people, he abandons no one.
Cease you eyes to weep!

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