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Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
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).
CHRISTMAS WITH SEPTURA
J.S. BACH • HANDEL
RACHMANINOV • WARLOCK
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.
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Other recommended releases for the Festive Season
Festival of Carols
McNair • Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
This new release features a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces celebrating the joys of the holiday.
The Rose in the Middle of Winter
Carols by Bob Chilcott
Commotio • Berry
‘All sung simply beautifully by Commotio… that will make all but the hardest of hearts swell with the Christmas spirit.’
The Wonder of Christmas
Elora Festival Singers
Edison • Bloss
‘…These singers embrace and elevate everything they sing—and their performances are imbued with a vivaciousness and joy that’s
Another Night Before Christmas
with seasonal works by Liszt, Tchaikovsky and others
Narrated by Simon Callow
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Royal Ballet Sinfonia
‘The music on this disc is big and celebratory, sure to bring plenty of
– Minnesota Public Radio
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