BBC Symphony Orchestra
Tim Mirfin (bass)
Elias is a wonderfully accomplished orchestral composer; every bar of these works has a sense of rightness, of every gesture and every texture being heard exactly as the composer conceived it, and there's an energy to much of the writing that gives it buoyancy and sparkle. [...] A Talsiman, a setting of a Hebrew inscription on a 19th-century amulet, with the bass voice often set against a solo trumpet, is strikingly intense, while the six sections of the extrovert Doubles, the most recent of the three pieces, from 2009, are pithy and perfectly judged.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 9/30/2011
These substantial, gutsy yet fastidious pieces, written between 2001 and 2009, attest a formidable mastery of the orchestra. Their manner and content are mostly turbulent, their craft imperturbable. The House that Jack Built finds vivid symphonic potential in playground rumbustiousness and chants. In A Talisman, a setting of Hebrew inscriptions on a silver amulet, Elias makes Russion music's fierce bass-voice lamentation - as in late Shostakovich - his own. The six-part, continuous Doubles is a kind of half-hour symphony activated by formal parallelism. The performances bring out the rich dark colours of Elias' imagination.
Paul Driver, Sunday Times, 10/16/2011