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A4 Brass Quartet are thrilled to release their latest album, 'Mosaic', on the SOMM Recordings label. An exciting kaleidoscope of new music and bespoke arrangements for the ensemble’s distinctive line-up, 'Mosaic' makes a bold claim for the vibrancy and variety of contemporary brass music. Its aim, the quartet says, “is to take the listener on a journey in which they are never quite certain what lies around the corner”. First recordings include Bramwell Tovey’s 'Street Songs', inspired by photographs of 19th-century Salvation Army bands, three movements from Christian Overhead’s vibrant portraiture in music, '5 Miniatures' (both composed for A4 Brass), an arrangement by Jonathan Bates of José Serebrier’s vivacious 'Cuarteto', Bates’s own virtuosic 'Toccata 2', and Daniel Hall’s visceral take on a notorious Hollywood murder dubbed 'The Black Dahlia', which won the A4 Brass Quartet’s inaugural composition competition in 2018. Lighter fare is provided by Elgar’s perennially popular 'Salut d’Amour', the ebullient Overture to Leonard Bernstein’s 'Candide', and three more arrangements by Bates: Percy Grainger’s dancing 'Molly on the Shore', the lovelorn jazz standard, 'Autumn Leaves', and Kentaro Sato’s tribute to victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 'Tsuna’ngari' (‘connection’). Euphonium player Chris Robertson provides striking arrangements of Bruckner’s beloved motet 'Locus Iste', and Bartók’s 'Six Romanian Folk Dances' that exploit the quartet’s distinctively individual signature.
The exciting debut recording of A4 Brass Quartet, "Mists of the Mountains" features music by some of the leading composers in the UK and Europe, who have written works especially for the ensemble. Featured composers include Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Thomas Doss and Nigel Clarke. The title track was composed by the quartet's very own Jonathan Bates. The work, "Mists of the Mountains" is a seminal piece for the group, being the work with which A4 won the prestigious Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award at the Royal Northern College of Music. A groundbreaking ensemble recording, Mists of the Mountains is essential listening for all fans of cutting edge brass music and the A4 Brass Quartet.