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Mark Abel (b.1948): Home is a Harbor; The Palm Trees are Restless / Hila Plitmann, Jamie Chamberlin, Ariel Pisturino, soprano; Tali Tadmor, piano; La Brea Sinfonietta, Benjamin Makino

Album Summary

>Abel, Mark : Home Is a Harbor, opera in 3 acts
>Abel, Mark : The Palm Trees Are Restless, for voice & piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This outstanding new release, Home is a Harbor, is Mark Abel's first opera. In addition to the opera in three acts, this two-disc set includes the composer's newest song cycle, The Palm Trees are Restless. The Palm Trees are Restless is performed beautifully by Grammy-winning soprano Hila Pittman, who is known for her work with contemporary composers such as her husband, Eric Whitacre. A key character in the opera is a veteran of the Afghanistan war. Because of this, Delos will donate a portion of this album's sales revenue to various Veterans' organizations, starting with American Legion Cathay Post No. 384. "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)

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Recording information: Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (07/2015); The Bridge, Glendale, CA (07/2015); The People's Music, Sherman Oaks, Ca (07/2015); Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/22/2014); The Bridge, Glendale, CA (10/22/2014); The People's Music, Sherman Oaks, Ca (10/22/2014).



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>Abel, Mark : Home Is a Harbor, opera in 3 acts
  • Performers: Babatunde Akinboboye; Jamie Chamberlin; Carver Cossey; Janelle Destefano; Ayana Haviv (Voice); Jon Keenan; E. Levin; Ariel Pisturino
  • Conductor: Benjamin Makino
  • Ensemble: La Brea Sinfonietta
  • Notes: The People's Music, Sherman Oaks, Ca (07/2015); The Bridge, Glendale, CA (07/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Abel, Mark : The Palm Trees Are Restless, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Hila Plitmann (Soprano); Tali Tadmor (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014