Simpson: Complete Solo Piano Music / Raymond Clarke

Album Summary

>Simpson, Robert : Sonata for piano
>Simpson, Robert : Variations for piano on a Theme of Haydn
>Simpson, Robert : Michael Tippett, His Mystery
>Simpson, Robert : Variations for piano on a Theme of Beethoven
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Notes & Reviews:

"I am still reeling from having listened to this disc. Here's a salutary lesson that not all great twentieth-century music needs to have been bred from Viennese or Parisian stock, but that Scandinavian models and a continuing love of Beethoven's musical argument can still be a fruitful ground for trailblazing, not just reactionary, music." -Fanfare

'I am reeling from having listened to this disc. These three major works and a little miniature have all the Simpson features that his symphonies and string quartets revealed: intellectual rigour, dazzling but controlled powers of imagination, and, overall, a craggy grandeur. The Variations, with its enigmatically soft ending, should have you on the edge of your seat. This is a marvellous addition to Hyperion's pioneering series' (Classic CD)

'Here is music of enormous power and inimitable character, performed with immense authority and understanding. Admirable sound. A very strong recommendation' (Hi Fi News)

'Gripping works ... Raymond Clarke is the ideal advocate' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An advocate of rare intelligence... This is an extremely valuable addition to Hyperion's still-expanding Simpson discography. The recording is simply superb, and Raymond Clarke's accounts almost beyond praise in their penetration, technical command and diablerie (listen to the sulphurous ending of the Beethoven Variations)' (Tempo)

'Characteristically rugged and uncompromising, but with touches of fantasy, visionary inwardness and wit. this is music that nourishes the soul' (Gramophone)



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Works Details

>Simpson, Robert : Sonata for piano
  • Performer: Raymond Clarke (Piano)
  • Notes: 08/14/1995-08/15/1995
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Simpson, Robert : Variations for piano on a Theme of Haydn
  • Performer: Raymond Clarke (Piano)
  • Notes: 08/14/1995-08/15/1995
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Simpson, Robert : Michael Tippett, His Mystery
  • Performer: Raymond Clarke (Piano)
  • Notes: 08/14/1995-08/15/1995
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Simpson, Robert : Variations for piano on a Theme of Beethoven
  • Performer: Raymond Clarke (Piano)
  • Notes: 08/14/1995-08/15/1995
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990