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

Septura

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Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2, MWV W57 (arr. by S. Cox)  
1
I. Grave -
Felix Mendelssohn; Septura
1:20
2
II. Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn; Septura
2:14
3
III. Allegro maestoso e vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Septura
2:00
4
IV. Fuga. Allegro moderato
Felix Mendelssohn; Septura
3:18
4 Doppelchorige Gesange, Op. 141 (arr. by S. Cox)  
5
No. 1. An die Sterne
Robert Schumann; Septura
3:06
6
No. 2. Ungewisses Licht
Robert Schumann; Septura
2:22
7
No. 3. Zuversicht
Robert Schumann; Septura
2:52
8
No. 4. Talismane
Robert Schumann; Septura
4:20
11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122 (excerpts) (arr. by S. Cox)  
9
No. 1. Mein Jesu, der du mich
Johannes Brahms; Septura
3:33
10
No. 2. Herzliebster Jesu
Johannes Brahms; Septura
2:04
11
No. 7. O Gott, du frommer Gott
Johannes Brahms; Septura
2:49
12
No. 3. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
Johannes Brahms; Septura
2:06
13
No. 9. Herzlich tut mich verlangen
Johannes Brahms; Septura
1:53
14
Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 (arr. by M. Knight)
Johannes Brahms; Septura
4:21
15
Aequale No. 1 in C Minor, WAB 114
Anton Bruckner; Septura
1:26
16
Aequale No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 149
Anton Bruckner; Septura
1:21
17
Locus iste, WAB 23 (arr. by M. Knight)
Anton Bruckner; Septura
2:47
18
Christus factus est, WAB 11 (arr. by S. Cox)
Anton Bruckner; Septura
4:13
19
Ave Maria, WAB 6 (arr. by S. Cox)
Anton Bruckner; Septura
3:20
20
Os justi, WAB 30 (arr. by S. Hicks)
Anton Bruckner; Septura
4:41
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    56:06
"Five Stars ... superbly played and warmly engineered ... imaginatively conceived arrangements."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... smoothly projected, perfectly balanced, homogeneous sound produced with immaculate ensemble, absolute unity of attack and spot-on intonation. This is brass playing at its most exalted. Bring on the next installment!"
- Fanfare

What if four celebrated 19th century composers had written original works for brass septet? This release, the first volume in a series from brass ensemble Septura, explores that fascinating counterfactual twist, reimagining choral and organ works by Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The arrangements call on the full dynamic and tonal range of the instruments, often extended with a multitude of mutes, to imitate the expressivity of the choir, the power of the organ and the versatile sonorities of its different registrations and manuals. In dazzling and varied combinations the arrangers and performers together persuade us that this could indeed be original brass chamber music.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at St Paul’s Church, New Southgate, London, 10–12 November 2013
Produced, engineered and edited by Phil Rowlands and Jim Unwin
Booklet notes: Matthew Knight & Simon Cox
Publisher: Resonata Music
This recording was made possible thanks to funding from the Rayne Trust and the Royal Academy of Music (London)
Cover images: Trumpet (Billyfoto / Dreamstime); Dresden Frauenkirche interior (Vera Kailova / Dreamstime)

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