Tsippi Fleischer's charming Miniatures (Resuscitation
for cello solo) reflect the cultural pluralism of the land of Israel.
She combines her knowledge of the indigenous culture of her homeland
with a firm foundation of Western culture.
I was introduced to Tsippi
Fleischer and her unique blending of East and West musics at the 1993
Festival of Women Composers in Alaska, where I was one of the performers
in an international chamber group assembled for her setting of an
Arabian text, Ballade of Expected Death in Cairo. Conducted
by the late Netherlander, Tera de Marez Oyens, the performers from
Russian, China and the United States were privileged to be coached
by Fleischer herself.
Fleischer's style - personal yet international, ancient yet contemporary,
traditional yet avant-garde - flows freely and naturally in the several
works recorded on this CD. As I enjoy listening again and again to
these excellent performances (Hexaptychon), I am mesmerized
by the underlying Arabian scales, the innovative timbres on Western
instruments, the quarter-tone improvisations on the Baroque oboe and
the richly varied organ registrations on the harp. If I were to choose
only one miniature that insistently remains in my inner ear, it would
be the exquisite song from the cycle of the same name, Girl-Butterfly-Girl,
sung beautifully with a warm, clear, youthful tone by the inimitable
Patricia Adkins Chiti.
Deon Nielsen Price, IAWM, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2000
Performances of this skillful composer's music have been geographically
diverse as the sources of her creative ideas. This disc effectively
balances older and newer works.
[The cycle] Girl-Butterfly-Girl,
sung in Arabic, punctuate the surrealist tension within evocative
verses as the voice embellishes the fantasy quality of this striking
…the brief As a Diamond demonstrates an effective power through
its continuous vocal line over turbulent orchestral ostinati.
sound is well balanced, and all the performances are exceptional.
June Ottenberg, IAWM, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2000
CD Track List - "Israel at 50: A Celebration with Music of Tsippi Fleischer"
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Resuscitation – 5 Miniatures for Cello Solo
Girl-Butterfly-Girl (mezzo-soprano, flute and cello; sung in Arabic)
10 Fragments for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
Hexaptychon – Six short chamber pieces after Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s poem “I’m Sick of You”
As a Diamond
Spielmobil – Twelve Miniatures for Organ and Harp