Septura

Brass septet

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Septura

Brass septet

Virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless.
Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

http://septura.org/

Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet.

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Artistic Directors: Simon Cox & Matthew Knight

Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet.

By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium.

Currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the group is recording a series of 10 discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.

The first six discs have received critical acclaim, described variously as “irresistible” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). In addition, Christmas with Septura was released in November 2016, and Septura’s unique version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will be released in November 2019.

Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming. In 2018-19 the group performed at festivals and venues around the UK and Europe, as well as touring to New Zealand and Japan. Highlights of the 2019-20 season will include a UK Christmas tour, a second tour across the US, and Septura’s debut at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Septura’s members are the leading players of the new generation of British brass musicians, holding principal positions in the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Basel Symphony and Aurora orchestras.

 

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Reviews —

If you like English pastoral music, and the sound of brass, this album is irresistible

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

I heartily recommend Septura to anyone who likes chamber music, even if he/she is not a brass fan in particular. I have certainly been converted to the unique sound world of the brass septet.

Nahoko Gotoh, Bachtrack

The standard is absolutely higher than brass playing has ever been before

Alison Balsom, BBC Radio 2

Virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless *****

Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

British brass playing is the envy of the world, and when you hear Septura you can hear exactly why

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, Royal Academy of Music

This is brass playing at its most exalted

Robert Markow, Fanfare

Beautifully intoned

Paul Driver

Some of the most perfect technical execution in brass performance recorded to date

Tom Davoren, Brass Band World

The sound of Septura is exceptionally beautiful – warm and rounded but with dazzling brilliance too when required...the perfection of ensemble, balance and intonation is striking

Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International

An uplifting debut from a magnificent seven *****

Fiona Maddocks, Observer

It’s an inspired idea to take classical pieces and rearrange them for brass septet. It’s a unique combination of instruments, and it produces a unique sound, which I love

John Suchet, Presenter, Classic FM

A recital of pure gold

Ritmo

Beautiful from beginning to end

Barry Kilpatrick, American Record Guide

Selected Discography —

Music for Brass Septet 6: Elgar, Finzi, Parry, Walton

Fauré, Ravel, Debussy: Music for Brass Septet 5

Christmas with Septura

A recital so entertaining that the missing words don’t matter *****

BBC Music Magazine

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

Beautifully intoned

Paul Driver

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

Brilliantly done *****

Fiona Maddocks

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

Dazzlingly polished…this is virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless

Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

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

Uplifting debut from a magnificent seven *****

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
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