cristales y susurros
(whispers and crystal)
for quintet

Instrumentation:

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

Duration:

9' 30"

Year of composition:

2006

Commissioned by:

Lontano

Premiere:

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.

S.M.

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