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Abel, Mark / Terrain Of The Heart
Album:Terrain Of The Heart Collection:Classical
Artist:Abel, Mark Added:Jun 2014
Label:Delos Productions 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-06-20 Pull Date:2014-08-22 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Aug 10Jul 13

 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 06, 2014:8-06-2014
Rilke. I Live My Life In Growing Orbits (4:05), Rilke. You Darkness, That I Come From (3:29), Rilke. All Of You Undisturbed Cities (5:30), Rilke. My Life Is Not This Steeply Sloping Hour (3:44), The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. The Burned Horizon (5:43)
2.Jul 11, 2014:Octagonal Banana
The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. Cataclysm (8:30)

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-06-13 
Mark Abel has forged an original style that blends elements of classical, rock and jazz. This disc’s art songs feature the gorgeous voices of sopranos Jamie Chamberlin and Ariel Pisturino, accompanied by pianist Victoria Kirsch, transporting the listener with lovely melodies and engaging, albeit sometimes mildly dissonant harmonies. The Dark-Eyed Chameleon (artful lyrics by Abel) is a searing story of a disintegrating love relationship. The 1st song generates an unsettled mood and has a melancholy close. The 2nd recounts the heady intoxication of first attraction, while the 3rd introduces darkness, the 4th a poignant recollection of the ex-lover’s young daughter, and the last the grief of breakup. Five Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke captures the mystery and angularity of Rilke’s refined language. The 1st song is mysterious, reflective; the 2nd optimistic, celebrating beauty; the 3rd sounds the disquietude of human vulnerability, the 4th a secure here-and-now, and the 5th warmth, wonder, even ecstasy. Rainbow Songs (artful lyrics by Abel) conveys optimistic sentiment, idealized love, moments of loneliness, lyrical states and joyous energy, with tone paintings whose pleasures invite repeated listening.

Track Listing
1.The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. The Burned Horizon (5:43) 8.Rilke. All Of You Undisturbed Cities (5:30)
2.The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. Full Sail (3:48) 9.Rilke. You Darkness, That I Come From (3:29)
3.The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. Premonition (5:54) 10.Rilke. I Live My Life In Growing Orbits (4:05)
4.The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. Your Girl (4:55) 11.Rainbow Songs. Was An Evening (6:28)
5.The Dark-Eyed Chameleon. Cataclysm (8:30) 12.Rainbow Songs. Breezes Blow And Eagles Fly (5:44)
6.Five Poems Of Rainer Maria Rilke. In This Town The Last House Stands (3:52) 13.Rainbow Songs. La Sonnambula (5:36)
7.Rilke. My Life Is Not This Steeply Sloping Hour (3:44) 14.Rainbow Songs. The Guest (5:28)