Entries by Simon Cox

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 […]

Håkan Hardenberger becomes Advisory Patron

We are delighted to announce that Håkan Hardenberger has agreed to become an Advisory Patron for Septura. Håkan is the greatest trumpet soloist today – alongside his phenomenal performances of the classical repertory, he is also held in high regard as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works. His approach to repertoire creation for […]