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"In this piece, Deutsch cultivates a delicious mix of logical coherence and creative surprises, integrating traditional sounds (such as alarm bells at the beginning of the finale) in a manner both unabashed and yet original. Sparkling mists of sound, effervescent near-catastrophes, poetic reflection, soli that whine like a mythical creature in one moment and grin ironically in the next: invigorating music full of vim and vigour, a colourful richness of notes, but not one too many and each in its proper place."
wawe, Die Presse, 15 November 2013
"The first movement (… trip – from Mars to here) represents a flickering fabric of pulsating repetitions, scale sequences and beats; it has a polyrhythmic texture and a depth of focus produced by dynamic nuances within the layers of sound. The movement is pervaded by waves of upward and downward runs, shaping up to an element that links it to the other movements, thus bringing to light surprising interrelationships in spite of their contrasting characters: first, with Chimaera, where rainsticks and the strings’ flageolet notes create an unreal atmosphere through which a long double-bass solo and a somehow alien-sounding oboe cantilena wander like ghosts; and finally, with Red Alert!, in which alarm sirens howl in grotesque and surreal ways, sometimes calling to mind Hitchcock and his favoured composer, Bernard Herrman."
Daniel Ender, ÖMZ November 2013