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“France at the beginning of the 20th century was such an incredibly exciting time musically, and it has long been an ambition for us to turn our attention to the three great composers of the time: Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. Tracing the development of Impressionism through their works was a great challenge: the sheer panoply of colours required to bring this music alive is astonishing. But ultimately it was a wonderful experience because actually this music just works so well for brass septet, and is a total joy to play.”


Brass Septet Music, Vol. 5 - FAURÉ, G. / RAVEL, M. / DEBUSSY, C.
Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 5

Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937)
Ma Mère l’Oye – Suite • Trois Chansons
Pavane pour une infante défunte

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924)

Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918)

Septura –
Philip Cobb and Simon Cox, Trumpets in B-flat
Huw Morgan, Trumpet in E-flat
Matthew Gee and Matthew Knight, Trombones
Daniel West, Bass Trombone • Peter Smith, Tuba

Septura turn to one of the most groundbreaking periods of music history: France at the outset of the 20th century. In this fertile compositional field solo brass instruments flourished, but the chamber music landscape was barren. And so the group re-imagine works by the three composers who defined France’s unique musical direction: Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. Conjuring the full kaleidoscope of colours possible from seven brass instruments, they trace the origins of Impressionism, from Fauré’s masterful mélodies through to the iconic piano works of Debussy and Ravel.

Listen to Faure's
Le papillon et la fleur [arr.]

Watch the video trailer for Debussy's
La fille aux cheveux de lin [arr.]
About Septura
Septura's mission is 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. 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. Septura’s members hold principal positions in the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Basel Symphony and Aurora orchestras.
Septura's previous recordings on Naxos
“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.”
“The astounding variety in content, color and character of the originals demands especially inventive arrangements, and these pieces are vividly brought to life by incorporating stylistic elements from period performance. The result is a stunningly virtuosic set of new Baroque works for brass.”
WFMT (Chicago)
“…this set of transcriptions is Septura’s most successful to date, a tribute to the skills of the players and the arranger.”
MusicWeb International
“The players are so fundamentally good—such stable tone at all times, such ease of tuning and blending with each other ...”
American Record Guide
“Their ensemble work is unimpeachable, but where they break new ground is in their arrangements, which both draw on a slightly wider range of sources than usual and have a more varied selection of textures.”

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