Onyx Noir (2018 – NMC Recordings)
As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary, Onyx Brass is proud to present its second recording of the year, Onyx Noir. In what is a groundbreaking new direction for brass quintet repertoire, we asked twelve of the finest contemporary British jazz composers to write for the group. They were given only two rules, no improvisation or rhythm section. The results are extraordinarily diverse and cater for all tastes within the jazz idiom. Here is a link to the official trailer from NMC.
The twelve featured composers are Guy Barker, Trish Clowes, Laurence Cottle, Mick Foster, Mark Nightingale, Liam Noble, David Powell, Jason Rebello, Colin Skinner, Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Kenny Wheeler.
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Fanfares (2018 – Chandos)
We are pleased to announce another collaboration with Chandos Records and the release of our latest recording, Fanfares. Directed by John Wilson, this is a collection of almost 50 different examples of ceremonial music from British composers of the 20th Century. With almost all of them being premier recordings from composers such as Malcolm Arnold, Eric Coates, Arnold Bliss, Imogen Holst and Michael Tippett this disc sees the Onyx expand to twenty two members for some and reduce to two for others. Have a look at the official trailer from Chandos.
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On an Overgrown Path (2015 – Meridian)
For the first time in the recorded output of Onyx Brass we have undertaken the challenge of a disc of Romantic music. By definition, a large section of the repertoire for brass quintet consists of arrangements of music originally written for other instruments, as this particular combination of instruments as chamber ensemble has only been extant for considerably less than a century.
Canite Tuba: Music for Advent and Christmas (2011 – Resonus Classics)
A charming new Christmas package offering well- known classics alongside lesser-known delights. Features music by Bach, Palestrina, Monteverdi and Holst.
“a classy collection of Christmas-related music” International Record Review
Time to Time (2011 – Meridian)
A collaboration between Onyx Brass and the stunning baritone voice of Mark Stone, this CD brings American masters and new British sounds together. Includes music by Copland, Barber, Timothy Jackson and Joe Duddell.
“an eclectic ear-opener of a disc, virtuosically played” The Guardian
Fugue (2008 – Chandos)
A dialogue between the gritty fugues of Shostakovich, and the formidable work of his inspiration, J.S. Bach – re-conceived for brass quintet. Includes a selection from Bach’s Well Tempered Klavier and Shostakovich’s equivalent op. 87, as well as the dazzling BWV 541 ‘Great’ BWV 903
“some of the most thrilling playing of its kind” Gramophone
The Far Theatricals of Day (2003 – Fleet Street Records)
The CD combines Jonathan Dove’s the Far Theatricals of Day with shorter works by Dove, and Timothy Jackson’s “No Answer” – which sets a group of poems written by political prisoners during the last century.
Pavans Fantasias Variations (2002 – Meridian)
Age-old musical forms are comprehensively explored in this well-balanced album of old, new, and recomposed works. Includes music by Purcell, Dowland, Elliot Carter and Michael Berkeley.
“scrupulous attention to balance, timbre and nuance of phrasing…five stars” BBC Music Magazine
Trisagion (1998 – Intim Music)
A dynamic collection of contemporary British chamber music including music by John Tavener and Timothy Jackson.
“a warm bonfires-and-Hovis sound” The Evening Standard