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Simpson: Symphonies no 1 & 8 / Handley, Royal Philharmonic

Album Summary

>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 1
>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 8
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Damn it all, you'd think Hyperion would have the grace to slip in at least one less-than-wonderful instalment in their Robert Simpson series...What's on offer is yet another inspiring encounter with music whose surface affinities (the dynamism of Beethoven, the registral awareness of Berlioz, the obsessional drive of Bartok and so on) gradually fade from the mind as its own unique blend of unquenchable energy and alert meditation takes you over..." -DJF, Editor's Choice, Gramophone

`Exemplary performances, the sound is superb and the RPO rises magnificently to the challenge of Simpson's vivid symphonic imagination' (The Sunday Times)

'Great music indeed, and performed with enormous understanding and control by Handley and the Royal Philharmonic. Hyperion's resplendent recording is a joy; the huge climaxes in both works are projected with molten intensity. Valiant performances; staggering music. Buy' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This Hyperion series deserves to stand as a monument while other more superficially glamorous ventures rise and fall around it. If it does not do so, and if it does not eventually force Simpson's breakthrough into the orchestral repertoire, there will truly be no justice' (Gramophone)



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Works Details

>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 04/16/1996/04/17/1996
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1951

>Simpson, Robert : Symphony no 8
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 04/16/1996/04/17/1996
  • Running Time: 43 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1981