Steve Smith from the New York Times had this to say about the work:
'...Friday’s program brought “The Comedy of Change” by Julian Anderson, a British composer whose renown abroad has yet to infiltrate New York to the extent his music warrants
Mr. Anderson’s vivid imagination and technical creativity were evident throughout, in effects ranging from elementary (shredded newspaper) to cerebral (a synthesizer pitched at a microtonal variance to the ensemble). The expressiveness of the musical gestures made sense, given that the piece was written on a commission from the Rambert Dance Company. Hearing it performed with such finesse and assurance made you hope that Mr. Gilbert will come to explore more of Mr. Anderson’s oeuvre in programs to come.'
The New York Times (Steve Smith), 20 December 2010