Tsippi Fleischer

Symphony No. 1: Salt Crystals

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At the other extreme sits Fleischer's Salt Crystals (Symphony No. 1), a work inspired by the salt mounds of the Dead Sea in her native Israel. Crystals takes up some of the instrumental techniques from the Polish school – Lutoslawski and Penderecki – and adds a touch of Arabic implications via a bongo soloist. Fleischer has a terrifically good time with this mad mixture. It's a little masterpiece that deserves repertory status.
…Performances range between superb for the Koyama and Fleischer, to adequate during the other two compositions. Sonics, however, are consistently fine. It makes for a most interesting disc, brimming with possibilities for the future.

H.T., In Tune (Tokyo; Japanese and English) No. 47 (8+9: August + September 1997)

"Salt Crystals" is a spare and intriguing piece of ten minutes duration. Like all things salty, it creates a thirst, in this case a thirst to hear more of the composer's music that I can get my hands on.
"Salt Crystals" is a study in texture, rhythm and an attractive if not terribly splashy palette of timbres. Such melody as it contains is incidental. It's definitely worth repeated hearings.

Richard Todd, www.opuspocus.ca, Canada 1997


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