TIDE is a composite of pieces for three solo instruments (clarinet, oboe d’amore and cello) - newly composed by James Weeks. It is given here on Track 1 and the three solo works are on tracks 2 - 4 Each is in its own right a virtuoso piece and played by leading instrumentalists Andrew Sparling (Clarinet), Christopher Redgate (oboe d’amore) and Anton Lukoszevieze (cello). Both individually and together these compositions create a fascinating sound world which seem to be born of nature.
“Heard alone, Sky is a work of transcendental calm. Burnham Air, by contrast, is a plaintive work of curling scales and arpeggios. Tide sits in between. The gradual unfolding of these three planes in the composite work TIDE feels almost mystical in its inevitability, the whole becoming greater than the already substantial sum of its parts. The result is music that feels original but in some way also primeval.”
Christian Morris - Composition Today
“ There’s obviously something procedural going on in this music, probably more than two or three things at once ... The piece is composed as series of waves, of dynamic, of pitch, of rhythm, of tessitura, of density, and so on. Waves of one sort or another overlap, producing cascading effects of beating patterns and interferences ... for all its superficial simplicity this isn’t music that is easily summarised. The more one listens, the more one is impressed at how much variety Weeks has built in to what began as such simple inspiration.”
Tim Rutherford-Johnson - The Rambler
Weeks’ own music clearly resonates in empathy with the composers he likes to programme. Tide is a composite composition – the gradually unfolding canonic energy fields of the clarinet piece anchors everything else ... composed beginnings trigger a structural labyrinth,”
Philip Clark - The Wire