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Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 3: Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov / Septura

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  1. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (Arr. S. Cox & M. Knight for Brass Septet): I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (Arr. S. Cox & M. Knight for Brass Septet): II. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (Arr. S. Cox & M. Knight for Brass Septet): III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (Arr. S. Cox & M. Knight for Brass Septet): IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (Arr. S. Cox & M. Knight for Brass Septet): V. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  6. 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: No. 1, Marche (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: No. 2, Gavotte (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: No. 9, Scherzo humoristique (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: No. 8, Allemande (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. March & Scherzo from "The Love for Three Oranges", Op. 33c: March (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. 6 Preludes, Op. 13: No. 1, Maestoso (Arr. M. Knight for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. 3 Preludes, Op. 35: No. 3, Scherzoso (Arr. M. Knight for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. 4 Preludes, Op. 31: No. 4, Lento (Arr. M. Knight for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. 4 Preludes, Op. 31: No. 2, Con stravaganza (Arr. M. Knight for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. 5 Preludes, Op. 16: No. 4, Lento (Arr. M. Knight for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 6, Allegro (Arr. M. Knight for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. 6 Duets, Op. 11: No. 3, Russian Theme (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. 6 Duets, Op. 11: No. 2, Scherzo (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. 6 Duets, Op. 11: No. 5, Romance (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. 6 Duets, Op. 11: No. 6, Glory! (Arr. S. Cox for Brass Septet) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12
>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33ter
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for Piano, Op. 13
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in C major, Op. 35/3
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in C major, Op. 31/4
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 31/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 11/6
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux (6), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 11
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Stretching back from the stark Soviet soundscape of Shostakovich, through the early modernism of Prokofiev to the pre-revolutionary opulence of Scriabin and Rachmaninov, Septura redresses a lack of original music for brass by these great composers by charting a turbulent seventy years of Russian history. Brass instruments feature prominently in these composers' symphonic output, and Septura is a natural fit for their chamber music. The focus is piano music with one prominent exception: perhaps Septura's most ambitious transcription to date, Shostakovich's profound and deeply personal Eighth String Quartet. Volumes 1 and 2 are available on Naxos 8.573314 and 8.573386.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Of the arranged piano pieces, the most successful by far are those from Prokofiev's Ten Pieces, Op. 12: their pawky humour transcribes very well indeed to brass, with grace notes and little glissandos appropriately pointed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014).



Reviews

Maestoso
This is an exceptional disc. Starting with the playing: razor sharp articulation, lustrous tone production and flawless ensemble. Four key Russians are the subject of Septura’s third disc for Naxos. With the exception of the Shostakovich and the Rachmaninoff Vocalise (originally a wordless song), all of the works were conceived for the piano. In each case, the arrangements devised by Septura members and co-artistic directors, Simon Cox and Matthew Knight serve the music handsomely. The Shostakovich transcription, in particular, is highly successful in expanding upon the composer’s bleak and spare vision. The brief, yet harmonically adventurous preludes of iconoclast Scriabin are beautifully realized. While the ubiquitous Vocalise is indeed lovely, the Prokofiev wonderfully acrobatic and inventive, it is the excerpts drawn from Six Morceaux which constitute another high point of this collection. Rachmaninoff’s evocation of Russian folk and liturgical styles works exceedingly well with these forces. The disc concludes with a sparkling 5 minute rhapsody on the well-known Russian Orthodox chant, Slava. The engineering and production by Phil Rowlands and Jim Unwin are above reproach. The sound pickup is full bodied, cleanly delineated and natural. The liner notes by Matthew Knight are, as you might expect, brilliant.
Submitted on 01/15/16 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Ensemble: Septura
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 :: Suite
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 :: Suite
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 :: Suite
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 :: Suite
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33ter :: March
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1922

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for Piano, Op. 13
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in C major, Op. 35/3
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in C major, Op. 31/4
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 31/2
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 11/6
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux (6), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 11
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894