, April 2012
This superb recording of composer Mark Abel’s latest composition, The Dream Gallery, has already received the Award of Excellence (for Lyrics) and the Award of Merit (for originality and creativity), which is presented by Global Music Awards (GMA).…the song cycle is composed like a gallery of very colorfully painted portraits and pictures.
…it must be said that Mark Abel has an uncanny knack for musically capturing the atmospheres of these various topographies and terrains.
Mr. Abel has composed his own lyrics, which truly give a strong unity of vision to his composition as the texts meld perfectly with the music…
I believe it is a recording you will enjoy and want to own…
The music does indeed have the weight and sophistication of “classical music”…The cycle employs the gamut of classical voices…and all of the singers perform most admirably as does the La Brea Symphonietta under the fine direction of Maestra Sharon Lavery.
I enjoyed this song cycle much more than I expected. I found it profound and compelling in many ways, and I was enticed to multiple listenings. © 2012 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review