Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (CD) – Septura

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (CD) – Septura

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artists: Septura, Derek Jacobi, Scott Lumsdaine
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Naxos
CD Release Date: November 8, 2019

Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker, arranged for brass septet by Simon Cox and Matthew Knight, is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by preeminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara’s favorite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for its “stylistic perfection” and “beautifully portrayed artistry.”



Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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