Digital booklet:  View · Download

Victoria Brass Live

Victoria Brass Live is a new recording by a top class Australian brass band. Expertly directed by Matthew van Emmerik, they offer a full and varied programme of innovative repertoire, including two world premieres, three Australasian premieres, and some well-loved but very welcome classics. Based in Melbourne, the band’s mission statement puts it very well. They are ‘Leading brass musicians with a collective focus on
quality repertoire, collegiality and performance’.

Recorded in four different venues around the state over a six-month period, the CD has been assembled from real-time live performances complete with audience reaction and applause. It is a tribute to the security and elegance of the playing that such fine results can be made with all the energy and excitement of concert performance.

As we are all aware, there are inevitable trade-offs to be made with live recordings, but growing numbers of leading orchestras and choirs, notably those with their own recording labels, are turning to the format for the chance of capturing the extra crackling tension produced by real musicians performing to a real audience. For many listeners, it recreates an authentic experience to be cherished. For those that prefer fin-perfect studio recordings, where beauty of balance and intonation is available with digitally editing, it may be better to look elsewhere.

This CD collection offers listeners an immersive experience that impresses and involves in equal measure.


Victoria Brass

Victoria Brass is made up of the finest brass and percussion players in Victoria and are proud to have become the first band in history to perform live on the Australian Digital Concert Hall, showcasing the bands talents all around the world.

Matthew van Emmerik

Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia in 1978, Matthew started playing Baritone Horn at the age of 7. He is the former principal euphonium player with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force based in London, United Kingdom and all Royal Australian Navy Bands.

Track Listing

  1. Organ Symphony No. 5 Toccata Charles-Marie Widor
  2. Trumpet Concerto Andrew Batterham

  3. Movement 1
  4. Movement 2
  5. Movement 3
  6. Third Mode Melody Thomas Tallis
  7. Checkmate Ballet Suite Finale Arthur Bliss
  8. The Armed Man Benedictus Karl Jenkins
  9. Symphony No. 3 “Organ” Finale Camille Saint-Saëns
  10. Only In Sleep Eriks Esenvalds
  11. The Pilgrim’s Progress (Story of John Bunyan) Philip Wilby
  12. Elegy Jared McCunnie
  13. The Lost Chord Arthur Sullivan
  14. Boris Godunov Coronation Scene Modest Mussorgsky
  15. Deep Harmony Handel Parker



Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881) was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Where to buy

Victoria Brass Live is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Victoria Brass Live is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
February 2023
© 2022 Victoria Brass
℗ 2022 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 641
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574064124