Handel, Purcell, Rameau, Blow: Music for Brass Septet 2

Naxos 8.573386 ● Programme notes
Released April 2015

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‘Dazzlingly polished…this is virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless’
– Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

‘bright, clear, full and rounded in tone, with the right blend of heft and lyricism when called for.
 Album of the Week, WQXR

The second volume of Septura’s brass chamber music series takes us back to the 17th Century  and the music of Baroque opera: four contrasting works, one each by Rameau, Blow, Purcell and Handel. The astounding variety of the originals – in content, colour and character – demands especially inventive arrangements, and by incorporating the stylistic elements of ‘period performance’, the pieces are vividly brought to life. The exhilarating result is a stunningly virtuosic set of new Baroque works for brass.

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)
Suite from Dardanus (arr. Simon Cox)

John Blow (1649–1708)
Venus and Adonis: A Mournful Masque (arr. Matthew Knight)

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
The Curious Impertinent (arr. Simon Cox)

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Suite from Rinaldo (arr. Simon Cox)

Sheet music published by Resonata Music