Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov: Music for Brass Septet 3

Naxos 8.573475  Programme notes
Released December 2015

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★★★★ ‘brilliantly done’ 
– Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

‘a tribute to the skills of the players and the arranger’ 
– Roger Blackburn, MusicWeb International

Stretching back from the stark Soviet soundscape of Shostakovich, through the early modernism of Prokofiev to the pre-revolutionary opulence of Scriabin and Rachmaninov, Septura redresses a lack of original music for brass by these great composers by charting a turbulent seventy years of Russian history. Brass instruments feature prominently in these composers’ symphonic output, and Septura is a natural fit for their chamber music. The focus is piano works with one prominent exception: perhaps Septura’s most ambitious transcription to date, Shostakovich’s profound and deeply personal Eighth String Quartet.

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Quartet No. 8, Op. 110 (arr. Simon Cox & Matthew Knight)

Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Suite (from Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12) (arr. Simon Cox)
March from ‘The Love for Three Oranges’, Op. 33ter (arr. Simon Cox)

Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
Six Preludes (arr. Matthew Knight)

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (arr. Simon Cox)
Four Pieces (from Six Morceaux, Op. 11) (arr. Simon Cox)

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