A powerful and original symphonist, Robert Simpson (1921-1997) gave new life to the form at a time when the avant garde was enthusiastically declaring its death. His Symphony No 3 is dedicated to his friend and fellow composer Havergal Brian. It is a work of dramatic contrasts and irrepressible energy; Robert Simpson described the second of its two movements as “a huge composed accelerando”. The London Symphony Orchestra is heard here under legendary Russian conductor Jascha Horenstein.
Coupled with the Symphony No.3, the Clarinet Quintet recalls Simpson's lifelong study and admiration of Beethoven - particularly, in this case, the String Quartet in C-#, Op.131.
Originally released on Unicorn-Kanchana Records.
'This CD picks up part of [Simpson's] early legacy and presents it in all its pioneering freshness... This is a valuable document of the world's earliest awakening to Simpson's distinctive and completely genuine voice.' MusicWeb
Recording date: 5 June 1970
Recording venue: Barking Assembly Hall, London
Recording date: 5 August 1970
Recording venue: Christ Church, Chelsea
Engineer: Bob Auger
Producers: Antony Hodgson, Robert Simpson
Editing & mastering: Ben Turner for Finesplice
Cover image: Photo (C) Alfred Lengnick & Co. Ltd
(P) 1990 Unicorn-Kanchana Records