Mr Clarke's South Bank debut in 1988, was described by Music and Musicians as 'truly an historic performance'. The Times commented: '… just as overwhelming was Clarke's magisterial performance … a confidence and energy that simply left one in dazed admiration.' Other London engagements have included a five-recital Beethoven series (concluding with the 'Hammerklavier' Sonata), a complete Prokofiev sonata cycle at St John's Smith Square, and the first performance of Simpson's Piano Concerto in over 25 years.
Raymond Clarke has premiered works written especially for him by composers such as Alun Hoddinott (Tenth Sonata, 1989), Matthew Taylor (Sinfonia Concertante, 1990) and John Pickard (Sonata, 1987). After giving the first performance of Andrzej Panufnik's Concerto in its 1986 revision, Michael Kennedy described him in The Daily Telegraph as 'an astonishing virtuoso of the contemporary keyboard … destined to be a major champion of twentieth-century music.'
Simpson: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Michael Tippett, His Mystery (Simpson)|
|Piano Sonata (Simpson)|
|Variations and Finale on a theme by Beethoven (Simpson)|
|Variations and Finale on a theme of Haydn (Simpson)|