My review of ELISION’s new Ferneyhough disc for Kairos is now up on Musical Pointers:
Brian Ferneyhough hasn’t softened up. If anything some of his music, as recorded on this excellent disc, is more impenetrable than that he wrote in the 1970s. La Chute d’Icare, composed in 1988 and the earliest piece here, flies thrillingly out of the blocks with a correspondingly greater sense of abandon.
Impenetrability – or a composed resistance to casual penetration – remains the point, however, perhaps even more so now that the moment of radicalism that bore Unity Capsule or Transit has passed.
I’m told it’s the first review of this recording, although I haven’t checked that myself. Continue reading the review here.