℗ 2021 SOMM Recordings
Duration 1h 08m 58s
Record Label SOMM Recordings
Catalogue No. SOMMCD0638
Release Date August 20, 2021
Genre Classical
 

Mosaic

A4 Brass Quartet

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Cuarteto (Arr. J. Bates for Brass Quartet)  
1.1
I. Meditación
José Serebrier; A4 Brass Quartet
6:47
1.2
II. Danza
José Serebrier; A4 Brass Quartet
1:16
1.3
III. Canción
José Serebrier; A4 Brass Quartet
4:01
1.4
IV. Ronda
José Serebrier; A4 Brass Quartet
1:43
Candide  
1.5
Overture (Arr. D. Thomas for Brass Quartet)
Leonard Bernstein; A4 Brass Quartet
4:21
1.6
Toccata II
Jonathan Bates; A4 Brass Quartet
2:19
1.7
Locus iste, WAB 23 (Arr. C. Robertson for Brass Quartet)
Anton Bruckner; A4 Brass Quartet
2:48
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. C. Robertson for Brass Quartet)  
1.8
No. 1, Joc cu bâtǎ
Béla Bartók; A4 Brass Quartet
1:11
1.9
No. 2, Brâul
Béla Bartók; A4 Brass Quartet
0:34
1.10
No. 3, Pê-loc
Béla Bartók; A4 Brass Quartet
1:09
1.11
No. 4, Buciumeana
Béla Bartók; A4 Brass Quartet
0:55
1.12
No. 5, Poargǎ româneascǎ - No. 6, Mǎrunţel
Béla Bartók; A4 Brass Quartet
1:26
1.13
Autumn Leaves (Arr. J. Bates for Brass Quartet)
Joseph Kosma; A4 Brass Quartet
4:23
5 Miniatures (Excerpts)  
1.14
LR (A Chirpy Lark)
Christian Overhead; A4 Brass Quartet
2:12
1.15
IM (A Rhythmic Interlude)
Christian Overhead; A4 Brass Quartet
2:12
1.16
EJ (A Boisterous Fugue)
Christian Overhead; A4 Brass Quartet
2:32
1.17
Molly on the Shore (Arr. J. Bates for Brass Quartet)
Percy Grainger; A4 Brass Quartet
3:59
1.18
The Black Dahlia
Daniel Hall; A4 Brass Quartet
6:12
1.19
Tsuna'ngari (Arr. J. Bates for Brass Quartet)
Kentaro Sato; A4 Brass Quartet
3:38
Street Songs  
1.20
No. 1, In Strict Laid Back Time
Bramwell Tovey; A4 Brass Quartet
2:23
1.21
No. 2, Brazen
Bramwell Tovey; A4 Brass Quartet
2:31
1.22
No. 3, Adagio "The Silent Voices"
Bramwell Tovey; A4 Brass Quartet
5:04
1.23
No. 4, Very Fast Indeed
Bramwell Tovey; A4 Brass Quartet
2:27
1.24
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 (Arr. J. Bates for Brass Quartet)
Sir Edward Elgar; A4 Brass Quartet
2:55
Digital Booklet
Duration    1h 08m 58s
SOMM Recordings is thrilled to announce the release of Mosaic featuring the label debut of the A4 Brass Quartet. Formed in 2013 at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet comprises principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands, including Black Dyke, Foden’s and Brighouse & Rastrick. Its unique blend of instruments – cornet (Jamie Smith), tenor horn (Jonathan Bates), baritone horn (Mike Cavanagh) and euphonium (Chris Robertson) – creates a unique sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. An exciting kaleidoscope of new music and bespoke arrangements for the ensemble’s distinctive line-up, Mosaic makes a bold claim for the vibrancy and variety of contemporary brass music. Its aim, the quartet says, “is to take the listener on a journey in which they are never quite certain what lies around the corner”. First recordings include Bramwell Tovey’s Street Songs, inspired by photographs of 19th-century Salvation Army bands, three movements from Christian Overhead’s vibrant portraiture in music, 5 Miniatures (both composed for A4 Brass), an arrangement by Jonathan Bates of José Serebrier’s vivacious Cuarteto, Bates’s own virtuosic Toccata 2, and Daniel Hall’s visceral take on a notorious Hollywood murder dubbed The Black Dahlia, which won the A4 Brass Quartet’s inaugural composition competition in 2018.Lighter fare is provided by Elgar’s perennially popular Salut d’Amour, the ebullient Overture to Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, and three more arrangements by Bates: Percy Grainger’s dancing Molly on the Shore, the lovelorn jazz standard, Autumn Leaves, and Kentaro Sato’s tribute to victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Tsuna’ngari (‘connection’). Euphonium player Chris Robertson provides striking arrangements of Bruckner’s beloved motet Locus iste, and Bartók’s Six Romanian Folk Dances that exploit the quartet’s distinctively individual signature.
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