“Music to Make You Think” – San Luis Obispo Tribune
“lucid narrative and vibrant vocal lines…an affecting experience” – Gramophone
In this spellbinding new album, Abel gives sensitive listeners food for thought, stimulates the ear with his signature fusion of classical, rock and jazz, and makes you feel, with his gut-grabbing expressions of potent emotion.
GRAMMY®-winning soprano Hila Plitmann brings her full emotional range to three Abel works, including “Those Who Loved Medusa,” — a powerful story and evocative musical setting that connects ancient Greek legend with our present day’s #MeToo movement.
“In the Rear-View Mirror Now” resonates with anyone reflecting upon life’s myriad twists and turns from past to present. Warmth fills “The Ocean of Forgiveness” cycle sung by mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano. The affecting “Benediction” expresses a range of profound emotion as it laments tragic elements in our society while offering heartfelt wishes for the future.
- Hard-hitting music and texts that stimulate the ear, intellect and emotions, retaining Abel’s trademark lyricism while demonstrating a remarkable degree of prescience in pinpointing effects of long-standing societal flaws.
- Featuring top stars like GRAMMY® award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann, and marking the return of Delos Director and distinguished pianist Carol Rosenberger to the recording studio.