The Arts Desk: ‘An enchanting disc’

Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk – 2016’s best Seasonal Discs

Septura’s new disc is a classy, erudite affair…The arrangements are beautifully done; who’d have thought that individual movements from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio would sound so idiomatic played by a brass septet?

In a pair of movements from Rachmaninov’s Vespers, the players’ impeccable intonation [lends] the richer harmonies a thrilling physicality which can be missing from wobbly vocal performances.

An enchanting disc, brilliantly recorded and a steal at this price.

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