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Brass ensemble Septura continues its journey through an engaging variety of musical periods and genres in this their seventh Naxos album, the first to be dedicated to a single composer and indeed a single work. Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is so rich in melodic invention and narrative content that it has appeared in numerous guises beyond its orchestral original, including jazz versions by the likes of Duke Ellington, and a staggering variety of other instrumental arrangements. Septura’s unique skill and flexibility make it an ideal vehicle for this brand-new version released in perfect time for the season of Christmas stocking-fillers.

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
The Nutcracker
arranged for Brass Septet

Derek Jacobi, Narrator • Septura

Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by pre-eminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara’s favourite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for its ‘stylistic perfection’ and ‘beautifully portrayed artistry’ (Music for Brass Septet • 2, Naxos 8.573386).

About the Artists
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 in London, the group is recording a series of albums for Naxos, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers.
Huw Morgan
Huw Morgan
Trumpet
Alan Thomas
Alan Thomas
Trumpet
Simon Cox
Simon Cox
Trumpet
Matthew Gee
Matthew Gee
Trombone
Matthew Knight
Matthew Knight
Trombone
Daniel West
Daniel West
Bass Trombone
Peter Smith
Peter Smith
Tuba
Sir Derek Jacobi is one of Britain’s leading actors, having made his mark on stage, film, television and audiobooks. His extensive stage credits include numerous roles encompassing the whole range of theatre. His film credits include Gladiator, The King’s Speech, Cinderella and Murder on the Orient Express; television credits include I, Claudius, Last Tango in Halifax and Vicious. His audiobook recordings for Naxos include The History of Theatre (NA419912), The History of English Literature (NA422112), The Finest Nonsense of Edward Lear (NA0219) and The Compleat Angler (NA0259).
Also available
CHRISTMAS WITH SEPTURA
J.S. BACH • HANDEL
RACHMANINOV • WARLOCK

Septura

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.

‘…if you like a shot of brass to set the festive ambiance, this new anthology by Septura, an elite group drawing on the finest players in London, is just the ticket.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

For Septura's complete Naxos discography follow this link.

Brass Septet Music, Vol. 6 - ELGAR, E. / FINZI, G. / PARRY, H. / WALTON, W. Brass Septet Music, Vol. 5 - FAURÉ, G. / RAVEL, M. / DEBUSSY, C. Brass Septet Music, Vol. 4 - GABRIELI, G. da / LASSO, O. di / PALESTRINA, G.P. / VICTORIA, T.L. de Brass Septet Music, Vol. 3 - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. / SCRIABIN, A. / RACHMANINOV, S. Brass Septet Music, Vol. 2 - HANDEL, G.F. / PURCELL, H. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / BLOW, J. Brass Septet Music, Vol. 1 - MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUMANN, R. / BRAHMS, J. / BRUCKNER, A.
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