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ABEL, M.: Song Cycles (Terrain of the Heart) (Chamberlin, Pisturino, Kirsch)

ABEL, M.: Song Cycles (Terrain of the Heart) (Chamberlin, Pisturino, Kirsch)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014


Jamie Chamberlin


Ariel Pisturino


Victoria Kirsch



Burbank, California, United States


Record Label


Vocal & Song


Total Time - 72:46
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ABEL, M.: Song Cycles (Terrain of the Heart) (Chamberlin, Pisturino, Kirsch)

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The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

1 No. 1. The Burned Horizon 05:43
2 No. 2. Full Sail 03:48
3 No. 3. Premonition 05:54
4 No. 4. Your Girl 04:55
5 No. 5. Cataclysm 08:30
 Jamie Chamberlin Soloist

5 Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

6 No. 1. In this town the last house stands (In diesem Dorfe steht das letzte Haus) 03:52
7 No. 2. My life is not this steeply sloping hour (Mein leben ist nicht diese steile Stunde) 03:44
8 No. 3. All of you undisturbed cities (Ihr vielen unbesturmten Stadte) 05:30
9 No. 4. You darkness, that I come from (Du Dunkelheit, aus der ich stamme) 03:29
10 No. 5. I live my life in growing orbits (Ich lebe mein Leben in wachsenden ringen) 04:05
 Ariel Pisturino Soloist

Rainbow Songs

11 No. 1. It Was an Evening 06:28
12 No. 2. Breezes Blow and Eagles Fly 05:44
13 No. 3. La Sonnambula 05:36
14 No. 4. The Guest 05:28
 Jamie Chamberlin Soloist
 Victoria Kirsch Soloist

Mark Abel’s critically heralded previous release on Delos, the orchestral cycle The Dream Gallery, signaled a radical and culturally relevant new approach to the American art song. With Terrain of the Heart, Abel takes a fresh look at the idiom while working within the genre’s more traditional framework: as a recital vehicle for solo voice and piano. Abel’s hard-­hitting lyrics leave a lasting impression. They burrow all the deeper into one’s consciousness when amplified by his sophisticated musical fusion of classical and rock, aimed at broad—minded listeners—classically couth or not.

Of the three cycles offered, The Dark-Eyed Chameleon radiates particularly intense personal emotion, as it chronicles the agonizing breakup of a love affair. Rainbow Songs, while thematically diverse, offer a striking unity of sentiment and colorful musical language. The only cycle here setting texts by another poet is Five Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, exploring the German master’s often unfathomable and mysterious inner visions. Sopranos Jamie Chamberlin and Ariel Pisturino, and pianist Victoria Kirsch provide particularly committed and convincing performances.

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