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Brilliant Brass



11:00 — Conservatoire de musique de Genève

Series Chamber music
Chambre music



Julia HeirichCharles Pierronhorn

Olivier BombrunGiuliano SommerhalderGabriel QuinteroClaude-Alain BarmazLaurent Fabretrumpet

Matteo de LucaAlexandre FaureVincent Métraillertrombone

Raphaël Lemairetrombone basse

Ross Knighttuba

Giovanni Gabrieli

Canzona noni toni a 12, arrangement for brass ensemble (Eric Crees)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio No. 5 & No. 12, BWV 248, arrangement for brass ensemble (Giuliano Sommerhalder)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048, arrangement for brass ensemble (Christopher Mowat)

William Byrd

The Earle of Oxford's March, arrangement for brass ensemble (Elgar Howarth)

John Glenesk Mortimer

Suite parisienne, for low brass

Billy Strayhorn

Lush Life, arrangement for brass sextet (Pete Smith)

Anthony Plog

Contrasts, for 5 trumpets

Joseph Haydn

Surprise Variations on a Theme of Haydn, arrangement for brass ensemble (Paul Haart)

The music

It is the great Giovanni Gabrieli who will logically open the fires of this festive concert for the brass. Kapellmeister of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice, he used the architectural particularities of the place by installing the musicians in the two boxes for the choirs facing each other, thus creating a striking spatiality in his famous Canzone. Stereophony was therefore born around 1585! But there will be many other wonders and surprises during this morning with a transcription of Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto and arrangements of works by William Byrd and Joseph Haydn. Jazz will not be outdone with the song Lush Life by African-American composer Billy Strayhorn, a standard that will be taken up by many musicians. After the Bruckner Etude by Enrique Crespo in homage to a composer who knew how to write so well for the brass, we will discover the most recent work of this program, Contrasts for 5 trumpets, composed in 2014 by the American composer Anthony Plog. An unusual program that speaks volumes about the curiosity and eclecticism of our musicians.

OSR Live

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Yvonne Naef


György Ligeti
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)

Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel


Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 15 November 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva