Naxos recording series

Septura is recording an unprecedented series of 10 discs for Naxos over 5 years.

Through transcriptions, arrangements and original works, each disc explores a different period, genre and set of composers, asking the question ‘what if these works of art had been written for brass?’.

The series aims to redefine the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium by creating a canon of classical art-music for brass septet – a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.

The first four discs in the series are available now, described variously as “brilliantly done” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). The fifth disc will be released in November 2017, and the sixth was recorded in July 2017. In addition, Christmas with Septura was released in November 2016.

Naxos recording series

Septura is recording an unprecedented series of 10 discs for Naxos over 5 years.

Through transcriptions, arrangements and original works, each disc explores a different period, genre and set of composers, asking the question ‘what if these works of art had been written for brass?’.

The series aims to redefine the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium by creating a canon of classical art-music for brass septet – a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.

The first four discs in the series are available now, described variously as “brilliantly done” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). The fifth disc was recorded in November 2015, for release in 2017. In addition, Christmas with Septura was released in November 2016.

Christmas with Septura

Brass instruments are almost a Christmas cliché: synonymous with the celebration, but perhaps not with the wealth of great music that it has inspired. Septura set out to rectify this, re-imagining for brass septet the Christmas offerings of the greatest composers of the past 450 years. Pushing the combinations and colours of the septet to the limits, the result is a virtuosic and varied selection of festive favourites.

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Gabrieli, Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria: Music for Brass Septet 4

No brass series would be complete without Giovanni Gabrieli, and his music is the starting point as Septura continue on their counterfactual course, imagining that four titans of the counter-reformation – Victoria, Gabrieli, Palestrina and Lassus – had written for brass.

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Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov: Music for Brass Septet 3

Stretching back from the stark Soviet soundscape of Shostakovich, through the early modernism of Prokofiev to the pre-revolutionary opulence of Scriabin and Rachmaninov, Septura redresses a lack of original music for brass by these great composers by charting a turbulent seventy years of Russian history.

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Handel, Purcell, Rameau, Blow: Music for Brass Septet 2

The second volume of Septura’s brass chamber music series takes us back to the 17th Century and the music of Baroque opera, in four contrasting works by Rameau, Blow, Purcell and Handel.

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Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Schumann: Music for Brass Septet

What if four celebrated nineteenth-century composers – Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bruckner and Brahms – had written original works for brass septet? This disc explores that fascinating counter-factual twist, re-imagining choral and organ works by those composers.

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