Simpson: Symphonies no 3 & 5 / Vernon Handley, Royal PO

Album Summary

>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 3
>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 5
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The symphonies are gritty, serious and deeply satisfying works of art. They are magnificently performed with exuberance and commitment by Hadley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nothing but the highest recommendation will do." ***** -Classic CD

'One of the great symphonies of the post-war era, magnificently realised by all concerned. This issue is surely destined to be a jewel in Hyperion's already starry Simpson crown' (Gramophone)

'Superb performances from all concerned. Nothing but the highest recommendation will do' (Classic CD)

'A marvellous addition to Hyperion's invaluable Simpson series and a "must buy" if ever I heard one' (Hi Fi News)

'No one who cares about 20th-century music in general should pass these performances by, for it is music of a vital and forceful eloquence. Exemplary recording' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Breathtaking renditions of two of the most masterful milestones on Robert Simpson's continuing re-invention of symphonic thinking' (Fanfare, USA)

'Robert Simpson's Fifth Symphony is one of the finest such works composed this century' (Fanfare, USA)

'Blazing and epic' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Third Symphony is Simpson's best-known work and Vernon Handley play the symphony like the repertoire piece it deserves to be, and Hyperion's recording reveals a wealth of unsuspected detail and beauty. The Beethovenian impulse still comes across, and the abrasive edge is only slightly softened. But what has been gained is clarity, blend and perspective, plus a sense of dialogue (Simpson's polyphony never ceases to amaze) and an altogether subtler realisation of the luminosity of Simpson's scoring.

The long accumulating second movement is absorbingly poetic, witty in its dialogue, and inevitable in its conclusion.

The Fifth Symphony is surely one of Simpson's most vivid pieces. Moods of terror, anger, anxious probing and fierce determination are right on the surface, and there's a feeling of terrific will-power being exerted to transmute those moods into a symphonic experience. This is one of the great symphonies of the post-war era, magnificently realised by all concerned.



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Works Details

>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 3
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962

>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 5
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1972