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Abel, Mark / Home Is A Harbor, Opera In Three Acts; The Palm Trees Are Restless
Album:Home Is A Harbor, Opera In Three Acts; The Palm Trees Are Restless Collection:Classical
Artist:Abel, Mark Added:12/2016
Label:Delos International 

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Add Date:2016-12-14 Pull Date:2017-02-15 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:22 Jan1 Jan
Airplays:11

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 21, 2017:Music Casserole
The Palm Trees Are Restless - No. 1. The Storm Drain 3:09
2.Dec 31, 2016:Music Casserole
Scene 2: And Where Will You Go Now? (Laurie, Lisa, Lance) 17:21

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2016-12-10 
Mark Abel was a 1960’s student at Stanford and became foreign editor of the SF Chronicle. His first opera successfully combines the expressive depth of classical music, the in-your-face impact of rock (he was a rock musician) and the free-flowing and quasi-improvisatory nature of jazz. The easy-to-listen-to and engaging music, featuring standout performances by young vocalists, is scored for the 13-player La Brea Sinfonetta, which includes an organ. The story follows twin sisters from CA’s bucolic Central Coast Morro Bay as they enter thorny career paths in Manhattan. Early success followed by the financial crisis of 2009, the human cost of the Afghanistan war, the emptiness of some of their peers, leads to decisions to return to more meaningful and moral lives in Morro Bay. Abel’s libretto covers a wide emotional landscape (youthful exuberance, tragedy, pathos, disillusion, humor) with satire and social commentary alongside.
Abel’s song cycle, The Palm Trees Are Restless, sets five Kate Gale poems to music for soprano and piano. Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitman sings beautifully. Again, the listening is easy, and the emotional range wide.

Track Listing
1.Cd1. Act I Scene 1: Hi, Mom! (Lisa, Linda, Laurie, Leo) 11:52 8.Cd2. Act Iii Scene 1: So, Lenore ? (Lisa, Lenore, Liam, Laurie) 8:06
2.Scene 2: So You're Really Going To Leave Here (Laurie, Lisa) 10:59 9.Scene 2: And Where Will You Go Now? (Laurie, Lisa, Lance) 17:21
3.Scene 3: Hey Baby, You're Looking Fine Tonight (Lance, Laurie)14:32 10.The Palm Trees Are Restless - No. 1. The Storm Drain 3:09
4.Act Ii Scene 1: This Is Not Quite What I Expected (Lisa, Larry, Lou) 13:17 11.The Palm Trees Are Restless - No. 2. Los Angeles 6:05
5.Scene 2: Hardly Cut Out For Animal Husbandry (Laurie, Liam) 7:46 12.The Palm Trees Are Restless - No. 3. Crater Light 3:45
6.Act Ii Scene 3: Hey, What's Going On? (Larry, Lisa) 8:33 13.The Palm Trees Are Restless - No. 4. Shura 5:27
7.Scene 4: Lance, My Darling, Can This Really Be You? (Laurie, Lance) 10:34 14.The Palm Trees Are Restless - No. 5. The Great Divorce 3:13