Christmas with Septura

Naxos 8.573526  Programme notes
Released November 2016

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★★★★ ‘A recital so entertaining that the missing words don’t matter.’ 
– BBC Music Magazine

Brass instruments are almost a Christmas cliché: synonymous with the celebration, but perhaps not with the wealth of great music that it has inspired. Septura set out to rectify this, re-imagining for brass septet the Christmas offerings of the greatest composers of the past 450 years. Pushing the combinations and colours of the septet to the limits, the result is a virtuosic and varied selection of festive favourites.

Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)
Das Wort ward Fleisch (arr. Simon Cox)

J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
Christmas Suite (arr. Matthew Knight)

Harold Darke (1888–1976)
In the bleak midwinter (arr. Matthew Knight)

Michael Praetorius (1571–1621)
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. Simon Cox)

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. Simon Cox)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
The Crown of Roses (arr. Simon Cox)

Mykola Leontovych (1877–1921)
Carol of the Bells (arr. Simon Cox)

Peter Warlock (1894–1930)
Christmas Medley (arr. Matthew Knight)

G.P. da Palestrina (c.1525–1594)
Canite tuba (arr. Simon Cox)

Robert Parsons (c.1535–1571/2)
Ave Maria (arr. Matthew Knight)

Sergey Rachmaninov (1837–1943)
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Nos. 6–7 (arr. Matthew Knight)

Peter Cornelius (1824–1874)
The Three Kings (arr. Matthew Knight)

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Messiah – Excerpts (arr. Simon Cox)

Franz Gruber (1787–1863)
Silent Night (arr. Matthew Knight)

Sheet music published by Resonata Music