Simpson: Symphonies Nos 1 & 8

This CD of Robert Simpson's First and Eighth brings us almost to the end of our Simpson Symphony Series. (Only No 11 remains to be recorded.) No 1 has been recorded before (in 1954 by Sir Adrian Boult, its dedicatee, and the LPO) but that recording has never been issued on CD so this is the work's début in the medium.

The Eighth from 1981 has never been recorded before and performances have been few. In two bipartite sections, it is Simpson at his most intense: a mighty work indeed.

CDA66890  72 minutes 52 seconds
‘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 bre ...
‘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 project ...
‘Exemplary performances, the sound is superb and the RPO rises magnificently to the challenge of Simpson's vivid symphonic imagination’ (The Sunday Times)