The Sunday Times

This third disc in Metier’s series devoted to the music of Christopher Fox (b 1955) consists entirely of works for solo cello, played with radiant commitment by a votary of avant-gardism. Three of the works – Straight Lines in Broken Times3, Chant Suspendu, Generic Compositions 3, 4 and 5 (the latter an overlay of separate Études) – are relatively short. But the remarkable fourth, Inner, lasts 45 minutes. The simplest of little phrases is revisited 33 times to form an epic succession that suggests a dadaist version of a Bach chaconne, but has the genuine spiritual pull of one of Morton Feldman’s rapt excursions, the emphasis now on horizontal line rather than gradual revoicing of chords.

—Paul Driver