Seven Deadly Sins
The music of Rameau, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Ravel, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov draws this year’s festival to a close. “Seven brass players, seven pieces, Seven Deadly Sins. The acclaimed brass ensemble Septura possesses the varied repertoire (and its members perhaps the relevant personal experience) to portray all seven sins.”
Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. Currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the group is recording a series of 10 discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.
The first four discs in the series are available now, described variously as “brilliantly done” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). The fifth disc was recorded in November 2015, for release in 2017.