Derek Jacobi / Septura

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker arranged for Brass Septet

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The brass septet Septura has put brass ensemble music on the charts at a level not seen for some years, and this version of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Op. 71, offers an ideal illustration as to why. It's not just the virtuosity of the group, although that's impressive enough. The septet format allows for a striking variety of color as compared with a brass quintet, and the arrangers, trombonist Matthew Knight and trumpeter Simon Cox, put the instrumentalists through considerable challenges in their renderings of the interior lines. The epic battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King will give you a taste, and the "Dance of the Reed Flutes" will make you forget that you're not listening to flutes of any kind. If one innovative aspect were not enough, however, Septura also presents The Nutcracker with text narration, written by Knight and adapted directly from the Alexandre Dumas' treatment of E.T.A. Hoffmann's original short story. Knight takes short snatches of text, avoiding the problems that might have come with Tchaikovsky and Petipa's alterations to the story, and produces an action-packed narrative that, if the version were to spread, just might catch the attention of the chorines who dutifully trudge through The Nutcracker every year. A top Christmas release of 2019.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Nutcracker
1 03:05 Amazon
2 00:58 Amazon
3 02:20 Amazon
4 00:22 Amazon
5 01:22 Amazon
6 00:05 Amazon
7 00:59 Amazon
8 01:14 Amazon
9 01:31 Amazon
10 00:21 Amazon
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12 00:17 Amazon
13 00:33 Amazon
14 00:09 Amazon
15 01:00 Amazon
16 00:12 Amazon
17 01:06 Amazon
18 02:24 Amazon
19 01:55 Amazon
20 00:12 Amazon
21 00:48 Amazon
22 00:24 Amazon
23 00:30 Amazon
24 00:55 Amazon
25 03:14 Amazon
26 02:02 Amazon
27 03:00 Amazon
28 01:12 Amazon
29 03:55 Amazon
30 00:40 Amazon
31 00:47 Amazon
32 00:16 Amazon
33 01:11 Amazon
34 00:09 Amazon
35 04:13 Amazon
36 00:10 Amazon
37 01:05 Amazon
38 00:13 Amazon
39 02:36 Amazon
40 00:12 Amazon
41 03:43 Amazon
42 00:24 Amazon
43 01:54 Amazon
44 00:12 Amazon
45 05:02 Amazon
46 00:48 Amazon
47 03:59 Amazon
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