Reviews: Mala Punica

James Weeks’ recent album, Mala punica, has received high praise from reviewers. His most recent premiere, Libro di fiammelle e ombre, has also aired on BBC Radio 3.

Kate Molleson from The Guardian describes how ‘Weeks homes in on horticultural imagery in the texts so we get vine tendrils and flowers waving in the breeze, all treated with a close, gentle sensuality that shimmers and beguiles but never gets lurid.’ She says Weeks’ ‘lush, finespun music’ is full of ‘refinement and definition.’

Tim Rutherford-Johnson from The Rambler blog says Week’s album is his ‘pick of the listening’ and the ‘best thing [he’s] heard from Weeks so far.’ He writes: ‘Making use of the little canonic and fan-like games that populate a lot of his music, Mala punica – interleaved on this recording with the three-part Walled Garden for instrumental ensemble – is a stunningly subtle, disarmingly simple achievement.”

As well as this new album, James Weeks recently premiered a new work at Wigmore Hall. This was recorded by BBC Radio 3 and has recently featured on their Hear and Now programme. It is currently still available to listen to on IPlayer here- .

(25 May 2017)

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