Mark Abel - Home Is a Harbor; The Palm Trees Are Restless | Delos DE3495

Mark Abel - Home Is a Harbor; The Palm Trees Are Restless

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3495

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 26th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Jamie Chamberlin (soprano)
Ariel Pisturino (soprano)
Babatunde Akinboboye (baritone)
E Scott Levin (baritone)
Janelle DeStefano (mezzo-soprano)
Jon Lee Keenan (tenor)
Carver Cossey (bass)
La Brea Sinfonietta
Hila Plitmann (soprano)
Tali Tadmor (piano)

Conductor

Benjamin Makino

Works

Abel, Mark

Home Is a Harbor (opera in 3 acts)
The Palm Trees Are Restless (song cycle)

Artists

Jamie Chamberlin (soprano)
Ariel Pisturino (soprano)
Babatunde Akinboboye (baritone)
E Scott Levin (baritone)
Janelle DeStefano (mezzo-soprano)
Jon Lee Keenan (tenor)
Carver Cossey (bass)
La Brea Sinfonietta
Hila Plitmann (soprano)
Tali Tadmor (piano)

Conductor

Benjamin Makino

About

“Abel is as good a poet as he is a musician. … anyone who is interested in modern vocal music will want to own this disc.” - Maria Nockin, Fanfare Magazine (about Abel’s The Dream Gallery)

Such words could also describe this stunning new release: Home is a Harbor, Mark’s first opera. And a wondrous bonus in this two-disc set is his latest song cycle, The Palm Trees are Restless (Five Poems of Kate Gale). Both works are prime examples of Abel’s hard-hitting signature style that couches often biting social commentary in a unique musical fusion that combines the depth and sophistication of classical music with the in-your-face impact of rock.

Many of the wonderful singers who graced his previous releases are also members of Home Is a Harbor’s marvelous cast. Palm Trees gets a superlative performance from Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann, known for her work with top contemporary composers, including her husband, Eric Whitacre. Since a veteran of the Afghanistan war is a key character in the opera’s story, Delos will donate a portion of album sales revenue to Veterans’ organizations, beginning with Cathay Post No.384 of the American Legion.

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