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cristales y susurros
(whispers and crystal)
for quintet


flute (piccolo), clarinet in B♭ piano, violin, cello


9' 30"

Year of composition:


Commissioned by:



Lontano / conducted by Odaline de la Martinez, 

The Warehouse, London, 1 September 2006

Published by:

Recorded by:

Lontano, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez (fire dressed in black: Silvina Milstein Chamber Works, LORELT, LNT129); septet version

In cristales y susurros, evocative gestures and motives drawn from the vernacular music of Buenos Aires continuously proliferate, echoing the ripples left by a magical night as it is forgotten to later resurface as torn lace, shimmering silk and spilt champagne.


N.B. the original version of cristales y susurros  is for a septet with harp.

 The physicality and ardour ... is here in full measure, and a musical portrait emerges of the Argentine capital rather different to the one provided by Piazzolla.

Guy Rickards, Tempo, 2009, Vol. 63, No. 250 

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