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Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' is an invigorating trek that speaks to every individual / ConcertoNet

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"Borrowing its title from Marina Tsvetaeva's The Sybil, the CD is a wonderment of powerful words and musical footprints that has a ubiquitous outreach. Merely reading the poetic text by the Russian is emotionally crushing. … Abel's lines require an extremely high tessitura, music that's well-suited for Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann. It speaks directly to the writer's sorrowful life. In a propulsion of unsettledness and like a mighty javelin, her voice pierces the heart: remarkable candor and starkness. Sybil, the proverbial soothsayer, has the power to retract and regain. Hila Plitmann cuts into our soul with a timbre that's omniscient and omnipresent. What a scope! 

Mark Abel's new album is an invigorating trek. When all is said and done, "The Cave of Wondrous Voice" speaks to every individual. After all, life is one big circumference … it keeps on repeating itself. Beguiling.

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