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Mark Abel's 'Time and Distance' is rich with inspiration and under the spell of poetry / Gramophone

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Mark Abel's fourth CD on Delos is rich in those moments of inspiration when a composer first comes under the spell of poetry. His marriages of subtly charged music with an eclectic modernist twist to emotionally provocative, introspective texts work best in Those Who Loved Medusa, set to Kate Gale's haunting poem, in which Hila Plitmann gloriously evokes Medusa deep in a lover's night: ‘Turn me into that thing you fear. Make me monster … wet, ripe, swollen.' While Delos founding director Carol Rosenberger, returning to the recording studios for the first time in recent years, infuses the involving piano part with characteristic chaste beauty, percussionist Bruce Carver adds whisks and whips of colour to the feminist drama.