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Stephen Smoliar, October 2014

…Abel was definitely well served by the two sopranos performing his music. They both are highly appealing with a solid sense of pitch and well-polished tones…both Chamberlin and Pisturino bring clarity to the text without compromising the musicality of the delivery. © 2014 Read complete review

Joanne Sydney Lessner
Opera News, August 2014

The standout is The Dark-Eyed Chameleon…Soprano Jamie Chamberlin brings a fresh-sounding, expressive soprano mix to this astringently melancholy retrospective of a relationship gone wrong. She has an instinctive grasp of Abel’s style and knows how to balance her registers to most effectively communicate the emotional content of the music. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, July 2014

Chamberlin has a pleasant soprano voice…sweet of tone, and her diction is pretty good.

The Rilke cycle is sung by Pisturino, whose voice is simply exquisite: pure, clear, and without a trace of nasality or unsteadiness.

…I think you will enjoy several of these songs for what they are. I should also add that pianist Kirsch does a fine job throughout. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Colin Clarke
Fanfare, July 2014

The five-song, half-hour cycle The Dark-Eyed Chameleon is…poignant, certainly, while also revealing Abel’s natural setting of the English language. It all flows beautifully. Soprano Jamie Chamberlin has the perfect voice for this cycle, youthful yet somehow knowing beyond her years…

Soprano Ariel Pisturino has a large, powerful voice which stands her in good stead here.

Presentation is exemplary. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Maria Nockin
Fanfare, July 2014

The sound on this recording is clear and the words are always understandable. I enjoyed these new songs and recommend them to lovers of 20th- and 21st-century music. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2014

This is declamatorially vibrant and moving music all around. The through-composed interaction of soprano and piano, of the music and the lyrics, works on all levels. This is art song at a high-water mark of invention.

Jamie Chamberlin and Ariel Pisturino each bring their beautiful vocal instruments to bear on these songs and make them their own. Victoria Kirsch opens up the piano sound and does the modern yet very pianistically idiomatic parts full justice.

…I respond to this music strongly. Mark Abel has a vision and the artists do much to give it a full realization. Bravo! © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review, March 2014

…it is certainly well sung, and Kirsch’s pianism fits it with a sure understanding and uncompromising technique. © 2014 Read complete review

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