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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66449
Recording details: August 1990
Lutterworth Grammar School, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Produced by Gary Cole
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1991
Total duration: 9 minutes 49 seconds

'Marvellously played … superlative … performances of a calibre I do not recall ever hearing before. Strongly to be recommended to serious listeners of any persuasion' (Gramophone)

'Essential listening for all enthusiasts of this marvellous composer' (CDReview)

Energy
composer
1971

Adagio maestoso  [2'30]
Allegro grazioso  [0'55]
Allegro molto  [2'08]
Presto vivo  [3'01]

Introduction
This is Simpson’s first essay for the medium and is one of the most instantly attractive and freshly original works in his oeuvre. It was commissioned for the 1971 Brass Band World Championship at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October of that year. Any listener familiar with Simpson’s work will know that energy is an essential part of his music. This work is literally a single composed accelerando, similar in design to the second movement of the Symphony No 3 (1962) and the concluding fugue of the vast String Quartet No 9 (1982).

Energy is made up of five short sections, gradually increasing in activity from a solemn Adagio maestoso introduction to a fiercely exuberant finale, Presto vivo. Each section is a little faster than the previous one, thereby creating the impression of a massive acceleration in momentum and excitement, despite the fact that the basic pulse that opens the work remains unaltered throughout. Energy is dedicated to Eric Ball, himself a renowned conductor and composer of brass band music.

from notes by Matthew Taylor 1991

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