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Mỹ Lai

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Mỹ Lai
The vinyl 2xLP version is a pre-order item shipping Fall 2022.

On March 16, 1968, the United States Army killed over 500 unarmed civilians in the hamlet of Mỹ Lai, Vietnam. The unimaginable brutality of the event impacted all those who witnessed it firsthand, including helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who, against orders, intervened to save Vietnamese lives. Thompson’s story is the basis of the opera Mỹ Lai, composed by Jonathan Berger (music) and Harriet Scott Chessman (libretto) for Kronos Quartet, Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, and vocalist Rinde Eckert. This definitive recording of Mỹ Lai captures the visceral, phantasmal depictions of Thompson’s grief, horror, and guilt as he is haunted by persistent memories of that cataclysmic day, half a world and nearly four decades away. Tense and unforgiving, Mỹ Lai is “a gripping affair, beginning to end” (New York Times). Presented here alongside recollections by Vietnamese survivor Trần Văn Đức, it is a memorial to all the Mỹ Lai villagers killed on that grim day.

Click here to read a historical essay by Fred Kaplan.

Audio
First Landing: Descent (Excerpt)

Track Listing

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Mỹ Lai Lullaby Kronos Quartet, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 07:55
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102
First Landing: Flight Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 09:37
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First Landing: Descent Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 07:04
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104
First Landing: The Ditch Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 14:14
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105
Second Landing: Hovering Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 08:29
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106
Second Landing: Bunker Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 12:32
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107
Third Landing: Postcard Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 05:16
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108
Third Landing: Fishing Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ 05:39