cristales y susurros
(whispers and crystal)
flute (piccolo), clarinet in B♭ piano, violin, cello
Year of composition:
Lontano / conducted by Odaline de la Martinez,
The Warehouse, London, 1 September 2006
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