Septura Naxos series: August 2014

There are just two months to go until the release of our first Naxos CD in August, and so we’re releasing a video from the recording.

This disc kicks off our counter-factual history of brass chamber music with the question, what if four celebrated nineteenth-century composers—Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bruckner and Brahms—had written for brass septet?

Here we play Ungewisses Licht (Uncertain Light) from Schumann’s Vier Doppelchörige Gesänge (Op. 141) which follows an intrepid traveller through the stormy wilderness, before a sudden light prompts (in our case) a lone trombone to ask, with a rising fourth, “is it love, is it death?”.

This recording was made possible thanks to the support of Naxos, the Rayne Trust and the Royal Academy of Music.