The brass quintet as we know it is a modern constellation, but ensembles of wind instruments, involving shawms and sackbuts, were a staple before the Renaissance had even begun.
Arrangements of music of this kind still form an important part of the repertoire of most brass ensembles, including Stockholm Chamber Brass
. Having earned international recognition for their several recordings of resolutely contemporary works, the five members here return to their roots, in a varied programme.
'There is fun in these arrangements of instruments and vocal music of the Renaissance and early Baroque, performed with flair by the accomplished Stockholm Chamber Brass.' --BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
'There is a feeling of habitual certainty in the playing and a sense of the players rather enjoying their expertise - which is indeed great. The inexorability of the rhythms and the interlocking of the parts is as cool as a cucumber. The accurate meshing of the different pieces of the mechanism is made all the more clear by the orchestral brass idiom of very clear starts to notes, which then fade a little to leave room for another start somewhere else, The whole effect is to shine lights into the music from different angles from those we have become accustomed to.' --Early Music Review, April 2013