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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, November 2015

This very fine English brass ensemble (trumpets and trombones plus tuba) was recently heard in a program with organ. Here it offers well-played transcriptions of overtures, interludes, and dances from early baroque opera: Rameau’s Dardanus, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Purcell’s Curious Impertinent, and Handel’s Rinaldo. A few arias from Rinaldo are also included, with the most famous—the ever-lovely ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’—coming at the end of the program. © 2015 American Record Guide



Nigel Seaman
Brass Band World, November 2015

Stylistic perfection. …this album along with Septura’s first has already received the highest plaudits from far and wide, …a veritable feast of beautifully portrayed artistry allied to virtuosic deliverance. © 2015 Brass Band World




WQXR (New York), May 2015

The performances are what one expects from U.K. brass players—bright, clear, full and rounded in tone, with the right blend of heft and lyricism when called for. © 2015 WQXR (New York) Read complete review



Paul Ballyk
Expedition Audio, May 2015

Musical sensibilities, tonal beauty, balance, intonation, technique... all struck me as faultless.

Devoted brass music fans absolutely must not miss Septura’s spectacularly virtuosic playing! However, even if you do not often listen to brass, you owe it to yourself to hear what finesse is possible at the highest level of the art. © 2015 Expedition Audio Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), April 2015

This second volume of Septura’s brass chamber music series takes us back to the 17th century and the music of Baroque opera, in four contrasting works by Rameau, Blow, Purcell and Handel. 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. © 2015 WFMT (Chicago)



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

The most interesting, innovative and perfectly played disc of brass ensemble music I have ever encountered comes from the London-based group, Septura. As a person with an in-built aversion to transcriptions and arrangements, that commendation is all the more surprising, the two members of the group, Simon Cox and Matthew Knight, having perfectly achieved the sound and period feel of these excepts from the Baroque era. I could well imagine being seated in a baronial hall, with players in the minstral’s gallery beguiling our ears with the latest music from the latter part of the 17th and early 18th century, each of the works being derived from popular operas of the day. That modern instruments can sound as if they come from that period, only adds to a total feel of authenticity, though I guess that no group of that period could have dreamed of such performing perfection. The speed of articulation of all involved is riveting, while chording, balance and rhythmic unanimity is immaculate; their ability to play pianissimo right off the musical map for most brass groups. When you add to this the fact that the music they have chosen sounds, in their hands, as if it were intended for brass ensemble. Recorded in a church acoustic that has a reverberation that does not blur the sound, the engineering adding the final accolade to a remarkable release. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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