Grego Applegate Edwards reviews Mark Abel’s new recording, The Cave of Wondrous Voice for Classical-Modern Music Review:
“(This) is inspired and very well put-together music that would not be mistaken for the music of the past … . It is straightforwardly intricate, expressive and inventive in good ways, in the best ways. …
What impresses consistently on this program is the beautiful melodic-harmonic poise of it all. One is reminded somewhat of a present-day Bartok in that the music creates an unforced and refreshing stream of inventive form-in-motion like the great Bela’s music did so consistently. There is a continual series of musical acrobatics that neither relies upon the expected nor flavor-of-the-month bandwagoneering. … The music always sounds lucid and relevant and by so doing should attract a wide variety of listeners.
This is rather brilliant written music that is well played. It will appeal to anyone who loves the intimate, “serious” sort of chamber music that speaks directly to the connoisseur of such things. An excellent program. Bravo!”—Grego Applegate Edwards, Classical-Modern Music Review