Christmas with Septura | Naxos 8573719

Christmas with Septura

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573719

Barcode: 0747313371976

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 11th November 2016



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 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.

- Alan Thomas (trumpet in B flat)
- Simon Cox (trumpet in B flat)
- Huw Morgan (trumpet in E flat)
- Matthew Gee (trombone)
- Matthew Knight (trombone)
- Daniel West (bass trombone)
- Sasha Koushk-Jalali (tuba)


Is it the warm glow of harmoniously blended brass instruments which link them particularly with the Christmas season? Probably, and if you like a shot of brass to set the festive ambience, this new anthology by Septura, an elite group drawing on the finest players in London, is just the ticket.  Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2016

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