Entries by Simon Cox

Announcing Kleptomania

Septura are delighted to announce the group’s debut concert series, Kleptomania. The four concerts will present the prize pickings of music that the group has “stolen” through transcription for brass septet: plunder from string ensembles, pianists, chamber orchestras and singers. The series will take place at both St John’s Smith Square, London and West Road […]

Christmas disc reviews

In our latest recording for Naxos, Christmas with Septura, we re-imagine some of the musical masterpieces that Christmas has inspired. The album reached the top 5 of the Specialist Classical Chart in its first week on sale. This is what the press have had to say about it:   If you like a shot of brass […]

4th disc reviews

Septura’s 4th recording for Naxos takes us back to the original golden age of brass chamber music with the music of Gabrieli and his counter-reformation contemporaries Lassus, Palestrina and Victoria. This is what the UK and international press made of it: Sacred pieces by Victoria, Lassus and Palestrina all evince a paradoxically delightful sombre monotony […]

Music for Brass Septet 3: Reviews

Our hotly-anticipated third disc is out: Russian music by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Rachmaninov. It contains perhaps our most ambitious transcription to date: Shostakovich’s epic 8th string quartet. Brilliantly done…Arranging a string quartet by Shostakovich into a piece for brass septet has a touch of madness about it: surely the two remote sound worlds could […]

2nd disc reviews

Music for Brass Septet 2 transports the listener to the Baroque theatre: music by Handel, Purcell, Rameau and Blow. This is brass instruments in their element, and some of our reviewers seem to have agreed: This is virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless. You can hear the admiration for the source material in […]

Support Septura

Septura’s supporters – individuals, companies and foundations, most notably the Rayne Trust – have enabled us to bring together this extraordinary group of players in our attempt to create a brand new medium for classical chamber music. We have now launched our supporters’ scheme, so that anyone can help us towards realising this project., through […]

Debut disc reviews

Septura’s debut recording for Naxos has been a chart success, reaching No.3 in the Specialist Classical Chart. This is what the press have had to say: Uplifting debut from a magnificent seven…stirring, thoughtful debut  The Observer ★★★★★   Superbly played and warmly engineered debut disc of imaginatively conceived arrangements BBC Music Magazine (Performance ★★★★, Recording ★★★★★)   Septura […]