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Mark Simpson (b.1988): "Night Music" / Leonard Elschenbroich, cello. Alexei Grynyuk, piano. Richard Uttley, piano. Mark Simpson, clarinet. Vikingur Ólafsson, piano. Ian Buckle, piano. Guy Johnson, cello. Nicholas Daniel, cello

Album Summary

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Night Music, for cello & piano
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Ariel, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Barkham Fantasy, for piano
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Echoes and Embers, for clarinet & piano
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Lov(escape), for clarinet & piano
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Un Regalo, for cello
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Windflower, for oboe
>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Nur Musik, for oboe & ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording of chamber music pieces by composer Mark Simpson features works spanning ten years. All are performed by the musicians and ensembles for whom they were originally written. Mark Simpson's works are most often inspired by dark tones and atmospheres of loss, dreams, hauntings, intimacy and passion and, as with Night Music and Echoes and Embers, often embrace ambiguities of emotion and attitude with extremes of quietude and agitation, of fragility and power. His pieces are also his own musical response to poetry (Sylvia Plath's Ariel, Ted Hughes' 'Tales from Ovid' for Windflower) or the mysteries and resonances of place (Barkham Fantasy whose genesis harks back to an eerie farmhouse on Dartmoor, and Nur Musik written during a stay in Berlin). Mark's earliest work on this album, Un Regalo (2004), was written to celebrate the 300th birthday of Guy Johnston's cello and he wrote Love(escape) (2006) for his semi-final recital for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
What hits home immediately in this magnificent collection is the music's individuality and strength... Simpson's blazing confidence, his full understanding of instrumental capabilities, and love of pushing them to the edge... the recordings, from numerous venues, well-capture the music's lustre and the performers' full-throttle skills.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Simpson has an awful lot of music inside him, and plenteous discipline when it comes to writing it down... his use of space and silence is notable, as are his gift for melody... his ability to ratchet up drama and his refreshing lack of inhibition in reaching for orthodoxies of style or tonality... this is high quality music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints East Finchley, London (05/14/2008); BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (05/14/2008); St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (05/14/2008); The Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (05/14/2008); The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (05/14/2008); The Warehouse, London (05/14/2008); All Saints East Finchley, London (08/09/2010); BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (08/09/2010); St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (08/09/2010); The Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (08/09/2010); The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (08/09/2010); The Warehouse, London (08/09/2010); All Saints East Finchley, London (09/13/2015); BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (09/13/2015); St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (09/13/2015); The Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (09/13/2015); The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (09/13/2015); The Warehouse, London (09/13/2015); All Saints East Finchley, London (09/24/2014); BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (09/24/2014); St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (09/24/2014); The Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (09/24/2014); The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (09/24/2014); The Warehouse, London (09/24/2014); All Saints East Finchley, London (10/15/2012); BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (10/15/2012); St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (10/15/2012); The Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (10/15/2012); The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (10/15/2012); The Warehouse, London (10/15/2012); All Saints East Finchley, London (12/01/2015); BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (12/01/2015); St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (12/01/2015); The Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (12/01/2015); The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (12/01/2015); The Warehouse, London (12/01/2015).



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>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Night Music, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Leonard Elschenbroich (Cello); Alexei Grynyuk (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Mercury Quartet
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Ariel, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Conductor: Clark Rundell
  • Ensemble: Mercury Quartet
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Barkham Fantasy, for piano
  • Performer: Richard Uttley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Echoes and Embers, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Víkingur Olafsson (Piano); Mark Simpson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Lov(escape), for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Ian Buckle (Piano); Mark Simpson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Un Regalo, for cello
  • Performer: Guy Johnston (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Windflower, for oboe
  • Performer: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Simpson, Mark [Clarinet] : Nur Musik, for oboe & ensemble
  • Performer: Jonathan Small (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Clark Rundell
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 10/10
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008