Dear Ms. Fleischer:
It is with pleasure that I look forward to producing a compact disc containing your vocal music. The music you have sent me is refreshingly different than most vocal music by younger composers I know. It is perhaps not only a reflection of your personal musical statement and talent but also of your Middle Eastern background.
And because of my belief in the quality of your music and your style,
I believe prospective listeners and reviewers will also hold it in
I await the completion of your recordings and receipt of the tapes.
President, OPUS ONE Recordings Inc. New York
Accepting Tsippi Fleischer's sole CD for production, in a letter
dated December 19,1990
If these vocal works are typical of Fleischer's music, I can see why
it's so popular. Her talent is apparent from the first chiming notes
of the Lamentation – it sounds in spots like Jewish Messiaen
– to the opulent modernist Madrigals that conclude the
program. The three brief works for children's choruses (The Gown
of Night, In the Mountains of Armenia, The Clock Wants to Sleep)
are especially charming and effective, but everything here works.
Fleischer has a knack for taking strong texts and setting them to
music. Expressive and communicative – her music never upstages
The Israeli performances are full-blooded, and the Rinat's singing
of the very difficult Scenes of Israel is startlingly virtuosic.
Obviously there's more to Israeli music than the Philharmonic.
Raymond, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August 1993
…Not only is this a one-woman show; the pieces which were
chosen from her extensive oeuvre are solely from the vocal shelf…
Fleischer has her own agenda…
The Clock Wants to Sleep is sung in Hebrew. The performance
by the Neve Shir Children's Choir is wonderful. This excellent piece
should be a favourite with singing groups all over the world…
In the concluding work on this CD, Scenes of Israel – Six
Madrigals, Fleischer has taken particular pains to be true,
not only to the word rythms, but also to the artistic expression
and underlying raison d'etre of each poem. No setting is more touching
than Fleischer's work on Two Eagles and a Single Fig Tree.
Here, the composer presents Esther Raab's exquisite words on a cushion
of rich, gentle harmonies, which caress the poet's bright images
in a chordal glow.
The excellent National Choir Rinat, superbly led by Stanley Sperber,
is given a chance to show the range of it's abilities: bullseye
intonation, pinpoint diction, strong occasional solo voices, flexibility
in rhythmic declamation and ease with such devices as sprechstimme,
hissing, chanting. Sperber and his group give an exciting, convincing
performance of the rousing 20-voiced finale (Madrigal 6).
The packaging and
booklet for this CD deserve special praise…
It is clear that
Tsippi Fleischer brings a wide range of study and experience to
her vocal composing… each work functions in its own idiosyncratic
sphere, served by composerly considerations. Bearing this in mind,
the CD has everything to recommend it: first-rate performances,
excellent recorded sound, estimable printed materials, all in support
of repertoire that presents the listener with assured composing
by a seasoned professional.
Elizabeth Lauer, IAWM (International Alliance of Women in Music)
Journal, June 1994
CD Track List - "Tsippi Fleischer: Vocal Music"
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The Gown of Night
In the Mountains of Armenia
The Clock Wants to Sleep
Girl-Butterfly-Girl (soprano, Renaissance recorders and harpsichord; sung in Hebrew)
Scenes of Israel – Six Madrigals
- No Hand Has Touched You: To the Mountains of Edom
- Don’t Belittle the Tears of Today: To Tel Aviv
- Like a Soft Light: To Jerusalem
- From the Salt of Your Waters Is the Salt of My Blood and My Tears: To the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea
- Two Eagles and A Single Fig Tree: To the Lower Galilee
- There God’s Garden Flourishes: To the Sea of Galilee