ABEL Time and Distance
Mark Abel, Composer
Janelle DeStefano, Mezzo-soprano
Bruce Carver, Percussion
Tali Tadmor, Piano
Carol Rosenberger, Piano/ Producer
Hila Plitmann, Soprano Vocals
Delos – DE 3550
"Hila Plitmann is quite the coloratura acrobat" - Opera News
"Scorching stuff, savagely sounded by the soprano Hila Plitmann" - Beyond Criticism
"(Plitmann is) especially captivating"
- Classical-Modern Music Review
"One of Abel’s daring choices is to craft a vocal line that is cruelly stratospheric, undoubtedly to help convey Medusa’s anger and anguish. It is a tribute to the composer’s careful craftsmanship as well as soprano Hila Plitmann’s skillful singing that the text can be understood, and the sound never
veers into stridency.It is a remarkable achievement." - The Journal of Singing
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.
"Plitmann is a superbly assured interpreter, fiercely focused in the disturbing subject matter...
Plitmann’s unerring sense of line enables her to narrate the song most effectively...
Plitmann’s performance is searing in its intensity." - Fanfare
"Hila Plitmann gloriously evokes Medusa deep in a lover’s night" - Gramophone