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Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' makes 'beyond criticism: summer's end recap'

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Let me not dwell on this most disorienting summer of all our lives except to say that I hope you're coming through. At Catch of the Day, we've been chugging along, chalking up many fine discoveries. On a discouraging note, Radio Free America shut down on August 15. Thus, the seven-day streaming option I just announced has abruptly ceased to exist. For the foreseeable future, "Catch of the Day" is once again, worse luck, a live exclusive. On the plus side, you can still stream our playlists on Apple Music. Here are links for August 30 and September 6. Comments on the music follow.

Getting to know Mr. Abel, in his time a guitarist, bassist, songwriter and record producer in New York, later foreign editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, now a composer, most recently of purely instrumental chamber music of originality and allure.

From Mark Abel: The Cave of Wondrous Voice (Delos 2020), we present; 'Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano: I. The Unfolding' with David Shifrin, Fred Sherry & Carol Rosenberger.

Sundown music, aglow with somber color and orientalist touches. Serendipity and an Impressionist sensibility (though no overt debt to Debussy) guide the ebb and flow. The low-lying writing for clarinet touches an especially atmospheric chord. Beautiful.

For the record, this isn't Mark Abel's first rodeo on Catch of the Day. We sampled his album "Time and Distance" in July 2018 and were taken with that one, too.

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