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M Abel: Home Is a Harbor

Magazine article Gramophone

M Abel: Home Is a Harbor

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M Abel

Home is a Harbor (a). The Palm Trees are Restless (b) (a) Jamie Chamberlin, (a) Ariel Pisturino, (b) Hila Plitmann sops (a) Janelle DeStefano mez (a) Jon Lee Keenan ten (a) Babatunde Aklnboboye, (a) E Scott Levin bars (a) Carver Cossey bass (b) Tall Tadmor pf (a) La Brea Sinfonietta / Benjamin Makino Delos (B) (2) DE3495 (124' * DDD * S/T)

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The two works receiving their premiere recordings on this disc show the American composer Mark Abel to have an affinity for vocal settings in diverse contexts. Home is a Harbor is his first opera, while The Palm Trees are Restless gives striking musical life to five poems by Kate Gale.

In both pieces, Abel employs a colourful blend of styles, ranging from classical and jazz to hints of rock. They serve the emotional nature of each score to bracing and poignant effect. The opera traces the odyssey of twin sisters in California who set out as idealists and learn the challenging ways of the world. …

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