“Abel employs a colorful blend of styles … (that) serve the emotional nature of each work to bracing and poignant effect.
Abel’s lucid narrative and vibrant vocal lines, combined with telling orchestrations for a chamber ensemble, make (the opera Home Is a Harbor) an affecting experience. The cast is strong and Benjamin Makino conducts the La Brea Sinfonietta in a vivid performance.
The verses (of the song cycle The Palm Trees Are Restless) are bursts of feeling that Abel sets to vocal lines of strenuous extremes. The brilliant soprano Hila Plitmann manages every leap and switch of emotional gears with fearless commitment, and pianist Tali Tadmor matches her in power and subtlety.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone