Christmas With Septura

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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 sets 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. Septura has been admired in their recordings for 'noble performances' (Gramophone on volume 1, 8.573314), their 'stunningly virtuosic set of new Baroque works for brass' (volume 2, 8.573386), 'deliciously witty... full of contrast... poetic' (The Guardian on volume 3, 8.573475), and 'an overwhelming sense of sincerity present in both the skilfully crafted new arrangements... and the execution of performance' (Brass Band World on volume 4, 8.573526). These arrangements give even the most ubiquitously familiar tunes a timeless quality - with something like Franz Xaver Gruber's famous Stille Nacht emerging as a subtle exploration of changing sonorities using mutes and various settings between the verses.

Septura brings together London's leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. Currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the group is recording a series of discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a 'counter-factual history' of brass chamber music. Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming, built around strong concepts and themes.
Item number 8573719
Barcode 747313371976
Release date 11/01/2016
Category Christmas
Label Naxos Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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