cristales y susurros (whispering crystals)

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Silvina Milstein

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Composer Silvina Milstein
Year of Composition 2005
Duration 9'30"
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-sm1cys1


Commissioned by Lontano, first performance by Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez, Purcell Room London, 21 April 2005.

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

In cristales y susurros (crystal and whispers), 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.



‘ … if you listen intently you can discern the same little motifs coming back again and again, turned this way and that. But this isn’t parsimony, it’s the sign of an emotional heat which keeps returning to the same thoughts, like a regretful lover.’

Ivan Hewitt, BBC Music Magazine