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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67016
Recording details: October 1997
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: November 1998
Total duration: 4 minutes 53 seconds

'Iain Quinn joins the long line of dedicated performers who have made Hyperion's Simpson series such a consistent triumph' (Gramophone)

'Music of a deep and searching mind. An important release. Dedicated performances and state-of-the-art sound' (Classic CD)

'All the performers do the music proud. Simpson aficiados will need no persuasion to buy this marvellous disc, but enthusiasts for the organ and choral music of our century have every reason to make its acquaintance too' (Hi-Fi News)

Canzona for brass

Despite a prolific output for brass band, the short Canzona is the only music Robert Simpson composed for orchestral brass apart from an arrangement of his brass band piece The Four Temperaments. In the Canzona there is some spiritual kinship with the brass music of Gabrieli, though the alternating calm and mystery suggest a comparison with the slow movement of Simpson’s own Second Symphony. The grandeur and cumulative power of the final bars, as the work swells to a triadic conclusion, clearly demonstrate the ‘breadth of a symphonist’, albeit in miniature.

from notes by Matthew Taylor 1998

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