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London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble

London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble

The London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble is Britain’s longest-established brass group. It started life in 1963 when three Royal College of Music trombone students got together with a retired naval commander, David Biddulph, with the objective of rehabilitating the then neglected brass music of Giovanni Gabrieli. Very soon it was in demand for educational concerts, later changing into a standard brass quintet for the five-year run of the West End and Broadway musical, Canterbury Tales. A second aim became augmentation of the brass chamber music repertoire by asking contemporary composers for new works. The Ensemble can now justifiably claim success in both aims. The music of Renaissance Venice is known and loved by a huge public, and the Ensemble has had major compositions from composers as diverse as Joán Guinjoán, Alun Hoddinott, Jean Langlais, Xavier Montsalvatge, Paul Patterson, Naresh Sohal and Hugh Wood.

The London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble has appeared in thirty-six countries on five continents, from Tromsø to Toronto and from Brasilia to Beijing. With the pioneering Royal Brass Music of King James I, made as long ago as 1965, it became one of the first groups to put brass music on record. Well over a dozen recordings have followed, including four for Hyperion. The latest of these, Antique Brasses, is of art music from the 1820’s and 1830’s, played by the world’s greatest period brass virtuosi, on the brass instruments of that era: keyed bugles, natural horns and trumpets, slide trumpet, trombones and ophicleides. It marks the start of the Antique Brasses Project in which it is hoped to be able to introduce these experts to brass players both young and old, from community to conservatoire standard, involving them in recreating original brass music from the early nineteenth century—from the very dawn of the era of technological improvement that led to the chromaticisation of all the members of the brass family. The Project’s advisers are Sir Andrew Davis, Anthony Halstead, Michael Rose, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Sir Roger Norrington and James Watson.

Helen Sykes Artists' Management, 100 Felsham Road, Putney, London SW15 1DQ, England. Telephone [0]20 8780 8772 helen@helensykesartists.co.uk

Albums
'Antique Brasses' (CDA67119)
Antique Brasses
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'From the Steeples and the Mountains' (CDH55018)
From the Steeples and the Mountains
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'Heroic and Ceremonial Music for brass and organ' (CDA66275)
Heroic and Ceremonial Music for brass and organ
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'Original 19th-century Music for Brass' (CDA66470)
Original 19th-century Music for Brass
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Fantasy about Purcell's Fantasia upon One Note (Carter)
À la chasse  No 4 of Ten Pieces for the band of the Swedish First Lifeguard Regiment (Crusell)
Adagio and Polonaise for solo keyed bugle and brass (Braun/Crusell)
Adagio cantabile  Movement 2 of Septet in E flat major, Op 20 (Beethoven/Braun)
Adagio non troppo  No 1 of Five Duets for two horns (Rossini)
Allegro (Sibelius)
Allegro molto  No 3 of Five Duets for two horns (Rossini)
Andante  No 3 of Ten Pieces for the band of the Swedish First Lifeguard Regiment (Crusell)
Andantino (Sibelius)
Angels for muted brass, 1938 version (Ruggles)
Aufzug (Salieri)
Brass Sextet (Glass)
Cérémonial (Delerue)
Chant de la Résurrection, Op 173 No 2 (Koechlin)
Chorale for Organ and Brass (Harris)
Cortège (Litaize)
Family Portrait for brass quintet 5 (Thomson)
Family Portrait for brass quintet 6 (Thomson)
Family Portrait for brass quintet 8 (Thomson)
Family Portrait for brass quintet, 4&7 (Thomson)
Fanfare for the festive opening of the Regional Exhibition in Prague 1891 (Dvořák)
Five Duets for two horns (Rossini)
From the Steeples and the Mountains (Ives)
Grinnell Fanfare (Cowell)
Horn Concerto in F major (Crusell/Preumayr)
Hymn and Fuguing Tune No 12 for three horns (Cowell)
Marche  No 1 of Ten Pieces for the band of the Swedish First Lifeguard Regiment (Crusell)
Marche triomphale (Françaix)
Marche triomphale du Centenaire de Napoléon I (Vierne)
Menuetto  No 2 of Five Duets for two horns (Rossini)
Menuetto (Sibelius)
Music for the Wertheim Harmoniemusik (Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg)
Mutations from Bach (Barber)
Nonett (Lachner)
Nonetto in C minor (David)
Notturno for four horns (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Overture in F minor (Sibelius)
Poème héroïque, Op 33 (Dupré)
Praeludium (Sibelius)
Processional. Let there be Light (Ives)
Quatuor pour être exécuté à la Grotte tuonante près le Scoglio di Virgilio dans le Golfe de Naples (Neukomm)
Rondo (Cowell)
Salvum fac populum tuum, Op 84 (Widor)
Septet (Lachner)
Septet in E flat major, Op 20 (Beethoven/Braun)
Sonata for two horns in F major (Nicolai)
Tall Tale (Cowell)
Ten Pieces for the band of the Swedish First Lifeguard Regiment (Crusell)
Three Aequale for four trombones (Beethoven)
Three Pieces for the slide trumpet (Neukomm)
Trois Pas redoublés et la première Marche pour la musique du Regiment des Chasseurs de la Garde du Roi de Prusse (Cherubini)
Trois Pas redoublés et la seconde Marche pour la musique du Regiment des Chasseurs de la Garde du Roi de Prusse (Cherubini)
Walzer  No 2 of Ten Pieces for the band of the Swedish First Lifeguard Regiment (Crusell)
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