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.
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
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
"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