The Basel Brass
Quintet was founded in 1986 by five soloists of the Sinfonieorchester
Basel. Since its creation, the ensemble has presented a fascinating
and richly diverse repertoire, promoting the sound of brass instruments
unknown original works and transcriptions. Most of the arrangements are
done by members Jean-François Taillard and Marc Ullrich.
The Basel Brass Quintet’s intense work with the Schola Cantorum
Basiliensis (academy of ancient music in Basel) has provided the solid
foundation for style and historical practice of renaissance (Gabrieli,
Scheidt, Schütz, etc.) and baroque music.
In a review of the ensemble’s CD (Aurophon CD AU 32315)
entirely dedicated to Johann
Sebastian Bach, the International Trumpet Guild Journal wrote:
“It is sufficient to say that each of these works receives a meticulous
rendering. The lines are clear because of the carefully delineated
counterpoint, appropriately chosen ornamentation, and precise
articulations. In short, the Basel Brass Quintet’s Johann Sebastian
Bach provides an absolutely impeccable and thrilling performance.”
The Basel Brass Quintet has recorded many videos (for the German S3
broadcast) and other radio recordings, including a world premiere of
the extremely difficult and sophisticated brass quintet by American
composer Richard Dobkowsky.
Fred Mills, the fabulous former trumpet player of the Canadian Brass,
absolute reference for brass quintets, has asked the Basel Brass
Quintet to give mastercourses and concerts for one week in March 2005
in the USA.
The Basel Brass Quintet is at present preparing an audio CD entirely
dedicated to French composers (Arban, Ravel, Fauré, Debussy).
J.S. Bach, Fantasia super
Franz von Suppé, Overture to "Die schöne Galathee" (recorded in Théâtre de la Coupole, 17/09/05).
Johann Sebastian Bach
(Aurophon CD AU 32315)
Symphonic Brass, Fred Mills
(Radiokiosk CDE 1571)
The free arrangements from Jean-François Taillard are to be found at: