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Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 5 / Septura


Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573619  
Composer:  Maurice RavelGabriel FauréClaude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Septura turns to one of the most groundbreaking periods of music history: France at the onset of the twentieth century. In this fertile compositional field, solo brass instruments flourished, but the chamber music landscape was barren. And so the group re-imagines works by three composers who defined France’s unique musical direction: Faure, Debussy and Ravel. Conjuring the full kaleidoscope of colors possible from seven brass instruments, they trace the origins of Impressionism, from Faure’s masterful melodies through to the iconic piano works of Debussy and Ravel.

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REVIEW:

The Fifth in this series from the quite remarkable London-based Septura is a disc full of innovative ideas of re-scoring
Read more familiar music made by members of the septet. The most extended section of the disc comes with six of the Preludes Debussy wrote for solo piano arranged by Simon Cox; here Septura embellish the music with the sonorities Debussy would no doubt have used. Indeed the arrangement of La Cathedral engloutie, which ends the disc, emerges as one of the finest pieces the composer never actually wrote. The virtuosity that the group display is quite remarkable, technical challenges never existing in their elevated musical world. The recording quality is equally superb.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Ma mčre l'oye: Suite by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
2.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
3.
Chansons a capella (3) by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; France 
4.
Aprčs un ręve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
5.
Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
6.
Le secret, Op. 23 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; France 
7.
Automne, Op. 18 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
8.
Fleur jetée, Op. 39 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
9.
Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
10.
Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
11.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
12.
Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
13.
Préludes, Book 2: no 6, General Lavine - eccentric by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
14.
Préludes, Book 2: no 5, Bruyčres by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
15.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Septura
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 

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