Album: Graham Reynolds, The Difference Engine (Innova)


Andy Gill
Friday 03 February 2012 01:00 GMT

Graham Reynolds is the quintessential modern composer, able to turn his hand to anything from rock to ballet to movie scores to jazz.

Here he presents a triple concerto inspired by Charles Babbage's invention of the computer. It opens dramatically, with frantic pizzicato and shrill bowing – evoking the speed of both Babbage's intellect and his machine's calculations – reaching a vertiginous climax in bold, cinematic style. The more contemplative second movement has echoes of Philip Glass's lyrical minimalism, while the third uses rasping, machine-like bowing beneath a lead line reminiscent of Ástor Piazzolla – evidence of the inclusivity that marks Reynolds' approach.

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