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Hammered Brass


A contemporary album with music by the composers Petr Eben, Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Martland and Robert Crawford, performed by The Wallace Collection.

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Music by the composers Petr Eben, Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Martland and Robert Crawford.

The five variations in the Quintet by Czech composer Petr Eben are based on a fifteenth-century chorale theme.  In the five variations the texture is organised by juxtaposing different permutations of instruments against others.  The meaning of the title is apparent from the opening phrase. A short (single-movement) but remarkable work, it shows a continuation of Berio’s relentless exploration of the brass idiom that was evident in his iconoclastic Sequenzas for trombone (1966) and trumpet (1984).

Hammered Brass moves seamlessly through sections in which the ideas are derived from the processes of manufacture of Pewter, Silver Filigree, Gold Leaf, Bronze and Burnished Brass.

The Wallace Collection was founded by John Wallace in 1986 to explore and perform the extensive brass repertory, and has become one of the world’s pioneering brass ensembles with an international reputation for innovative programming. All the works on this album are premiere recordings.


  • Quintet ‘Variazioni sul’uno corale’
  • Call – 1985
  • Hammered Brass
    • Pewter
    • Silver Filigree
    • Quicksilver
    • Gold Leaf
    • Bronze
    • Burnished Brass
  • Khal Perr
  • Full Fathom Five


‘…contemporary repertoire with a vengance.’ Gramophone
‘…a self-recommending collection for brass enthusiasts and an important acquisition for collectors of 20th century music.’
‘This recording is a perfect example…The musicians play with quite outstanding skill.’ BBC Music Magazine
‘…a benchmark of imaginative and virtuosic performance.’ The Herald
‘…one of the most refreshing listening experiences to enjoy on CD.’ The Observer

Additional information

Weight 280 g

Petr Eben
Luciano Berio
Iannis Xenakis
Steve Martland
Robert Crawford


Brass Quintet


Compact Disc (CD)


The Wallace Collection brass ensemble

Recording Label

Linn Records

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