Robert (Wilfred Levick) Simpson (2 March 1921 – 21 November 1997) was an English composer and long-serving BBC producer and broadcaster. Events 986 - Louis V becomes King of the Franks. 1127 - Assassination of Charles the Good Year 1921 ( MCMXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1921 calendar of the Gregorian calendar Events 164 BC - Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family restores the Temple in Jerusalem. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance He is best known for his orchestral and chamber music (including 11 symphonies and 15 string quartets), and for his writings on the music of Beethoven, Bruckner, Nielsen and Sibelius. A symphony is a Musical composition, often extended and usually for Orchestra. A string quartet is a Musical ensemble of four String instruments &mdash usually two Violins a Viola and Cello &mdash or a piece Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist. Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 &ndash 11 October 1896 was an Austrian composer known primarily for his symphonies, masses, and Motets Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 &ndash 3 October 1931 was a conductor, Violinist, and Composer from Denmark. He studied composition under Herbert Howells. Herbert Norman Howells CH (17 October 1892 &ndash 23 February 1983 was an English Composer, organist, and teacher Remarkably for a composer who was still alive, a Robert Simpson Society was formed in 1980 by individuals concerned that Simpson's music was unfairly neglected. The Society works to bring Simpson's music to a wider public by sponsoring recordings and live performances of his work, by issuing a journal and other publications, and by maintaining an archive.
Robert Simpson was also the producer for the first commercially available recordings of Havergal Brian’s music. William (Havergal Brian ( January 29, 1876 &ndash November 28, 1972) was a British classical Composer. Symphonies Nos. 10 and 21, conducted by James Loughran and Eric Pinkett respectively, were recorded at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester in 1972. WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> James Loughran (born 30 June 1931, Glasgow Eric Pinkett OBE (1911 – 1979 was the founder of the internationally famous Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. De Montfort Hall is a music and performance venue in Leicester, England. Leicester (ˈlɛstə is the largest city and Unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and is the traditional The music was performed by the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and the LP was released by Unicorn Records to great critical acclaim in 1973. The Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO is a youth Orchestra based in Leicester, England. A special edition of the television programme Aquarius called The Unknown Warrior gave considerable coverage to the recording session and a camera crew also joined Robert Simpson and members of the orchestra during a visit they made to the composer's home in Shoreham (see video links below). Shoreham-by-Sea (shortened to Shoreham) is a small Town, Port and Seaside resort, also being the major settlement in the Adur District Following the success of the Unicorn issue, a second Brian album, also produced by Robert Simpson, was recorded by the LSSO in 1974 at Hove Town Hall and Leicester De Montfort Hall with the conducting being shared by Laszlo Heltay and Eric Pinkett. Hove is a town on the south coast of England, immediately to the west of its larger neighbour Brighton, with whom it forms the Unitary authority Brighton Leicester (ˈlɛstə is the largest city and Unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and is the traditional De Montfort Hall is a music and performance venue in Leicester, England. This CBS release included the 22nd Symphony, Brian’s setting of the 23rd Psalm (which clearly belongs to the mainstream British choral tradition of Vaughan Williams and Parry) and the English Suite Rustic Scenes which contains some highly original music.
Simpson was born in Leamington in central Warwickshire and died in Tralee in County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland. Leamington Spa, properly Royal Leamington Spa, commonly Leamington (ˈlɛmɪŋtən and "Leam" to locals is a Spa town in central Geography Warwickshire is bounded to the northwest by the West Midlands Metropolitan county and Staffordshire, by Leicestershire to Tralee (Trá Lí (or Tráigh Lí is the county town of County Kerry, in the southwest corner of Ireland. County Kerry ( Contae Chiarraí in Irish) is a southwestern county of Ireland. Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. His father, Robert Warren Simpson, was a descendent of Sir James Young Simpson, the Scottish pioneer of anaesthetics; his mother, Helena Hendrika Govaars, was the daughter of Gerrit Govaars, founder of the 'Leger des Heils'. Sir James Young Simpson ( June 7, 1811 &ndash May 6, 1870) was a Scottish doctor and an important figure in the History Gerrit Govaars was a Dutch teacher who was instrumental in setting up the Salvation Army in Holland and in engineering its spread through the various Dutch territories The Leger des Heils is the name of the Dutch arm of The Salvation Army. Simpson studied at Westminster School. The Royal College of St Peter in Westminster, almost always known as Westminster School, is one of Britain 's leading boys' Independent schools with He was intended for a medical career and studied in London for two years before his determination to be a musician gained the upper hand. A conscientious objector in World War II, he served with an A.R.P. mobile surgical unit during the London Blitz, while taking lessons from Herbert Howells. A conscientious objector (CO is an individual who on religious moral or ethical grounds refuses to participate as a combatant in war or in some cases to take any role that would support World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Air Raid Precautions (ARP was an organisation in the United Kingdom set up as an aid in the prelude to the Second World War dedicated The Blitz was the sustained bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941 in World War II. Herbert Norman Howells CH (17 October 1892 &ndash 23 February 1983 was an English Composer, organist, and teacher Howells persuaded him to take the University of Durham Bachelor of Music degree and in 1952 he gained the further degree of Doctor of Music from that university, the submitted work being his First Symphony. Durham University is a University in Durham, England. It was founded as the University of Durham (which remains its official and legal name Bachelor of Music ( BM, BMus or MusB) is an Academic degree awarded by a College, University, or conservatory Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Doctor of Music degree ( DMus, MusD or MusDoc) like other Doctorates, is an Academic degree of the highest level After the war Simpson lectured extensively and founded the Exploratory Concerts Society; in 1951 he joined the music staff of the BBC and became one of its best-known and most respected music producers, remaining with the Corporation for nearly three decades. He had married Bessie Fraser in 1946; she died in 1981 and the following year he married Angela Musgrave, a fellow BBC employee and relative of composer Thea Musgrave. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Thea Musgrave (b 27 May 1928, Barnton Edinburgh) is a Scottish -born American -based Composer of Opera and
In the latter part of his career as a BBC producer Simpson frequently clashed with the management of the organization. In the 1970s he was one of those - Hans Keller was another - who led a revolt against the proposed decommissioning of five of the eleven BBC orchestras. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Hans Keller (1919-1985 was an Austrian -born British Musician and Writer who made significant contributions to Musicology and During the ensuing musicians' strike which caused the cancellation of 1980's BBC Promenade Concerts Simpson chose to disregard BBC staff regulations and discuss the matter with a national newspaper; he then resigned from the Corporation, publicly alleging a 'degeneration of traditional BBC values in the scramble for ratings'. The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily Orchestral Had he remained silent for a few more months he would have been able to retire with a full pension, but his feeling was that such a course would have compromised his principles. Abominating the ethos of Thatcherite Britain, in 1986 he moved to Ireland, settling on Tralee Bay in Kerry. Margaret Hilda Thatcher Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925 Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland. County Kerry ( Contae Chiarraí in Irish) is a southwestern county of Ireland. In 1991 he suffered a severe stroke during an English lecture tour, which caused damage to the thalamus that left him in debilitating pain for the remaining six years of his life. The thalamus (from Greek θάλαμος = room chamber, IPA= /ˈθæləməs/ is a pair and symmetric part of the brain
Simpson's other great passions were astronomy (he was a member of the British Astronomical Association and – unusually for an amateur – was made a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society) and pacifism, specifically addressed in the title of his Tenth String Quartet, For Peace. Astronomy (from the Greek words astron (ἄστρον "star" and nomos (νόμος "law" is the scientific study The British Astronomical Association, BAA is the senior national association of Amateur astronomers in the UK. The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS is a Learned society that began as the Astronomical Society of London in 1820 to support astronomical research He was awarded many honours, including the Carl Nielsen Gold Medal, 1956 (for his book Carl Nielsen, Symphonist, published 1952), and the Medal of Honor of the Bruckner Society of America, 1962; when offered the CBE, however, he refused it. Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 &ndash 3 October 1931 was a conductor, Violinist, and Composer from Denmark. Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 &ndash 11 October 1896 was an Austrian composer known primarily for his symphonies, masses, and Motets Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.
Dedicated as he was to renewing the classical tradition of a dynamic musical architecture built on the gravitational power of tonality, Simpson wrote very few small or occasional works and concentrated on large-scale genres. Classical music is a broad term that usually refers to mainstream music produced in or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and Secular music Tonality is a system of Music in which specific hierarchical pitch relationships are based on a key "center" or tonic. He wrote 11 Symphonies as well as concertos for violin, piano, flute and cello. (The Violin Concerto was subsequently withdrawn. ) His extensive output of chamber music comprised 15 string quartets, 2 string quintets, a clarinet quintet, piano trio, clarinet trio, horn trio, violin sonata and a number of non-standard chamber ensemble works as well as works for piano, a sonata for 2 pianos, and a major organ work entitled Eppur si muove (after the famous remark attributed to Galileo). A piano trio is a group of Piano and two other instruments usually a Violin and a Cello, or a piece of Music written for such a group A violin sonata is a musical composition for solo Violin, which is nearly always accompanied by a Piano or other keyboard instrument or by Figured bass Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 &ndash 8 January 1642 was a Tuscan ( Italian) Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer, and Philosopher He tended to avoid vocal music but his output includes two motets. Variation form was important to him, and in addition to variation-movements on his own themes he composed orchestral variations on themes of Nielsen and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as a set of piano variations on a palindromic theme by Haydn to which he returned in his large-scale String Quartet No. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section.2 This article is written in British English including maximised use of "-ise" 9, which is a series of 32 variations and a fugue on the same Haydn theme. String Quartets Nos. 4-6 can be regarded as variations upon the compositional processes, rather than the themes, of Beethoven's three Rasumovsky Quartets, op.59. Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist. The three "Rasoumovsky" (or "Razumovsky" string quartets opus 59 are the quartets Ludwig van Beethoven wrote in 1805 - 1806, as a result of a Opus, from the Latin word opus meaning "work" is usually used in the sense of "a Work of art "
Two significant features of Simpson's oeuvre are his ability to write long works entirely based on a single basic pulse, with faster or slower tempi being suggested by smaller or larger note-values, and the establishment of a dynamic tension between competing tonalities or intervals.
Simpson's works are consistently logical, thoroughly well thought out and organized, and are of considerable intellectual interest.
Robert Simpson is said to have written and destroyed four Symphonies (one of which even used serial procedures) before his first published Symphony. In Music, serialism is a technique for composition that uses sets to describe musical elements, and allows the manipulation of those The official, published symphonies include the following:
Simpson composed 15 numbered string quartets; a quartet preceding this sequence was written as part of his course at Durham University and may still exist there. The Symphony No 1 by Robert Simpson was completed in 1951 and submitted as his doctorate thesis for the University of Durham. Durham University is a University in Durham, England. It was founded as the University of Durham (which remains its official and legal name The Symphony No 2 by Robert Simpson was completed in 1956 and dedicated to Anthony Bernard, conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra, though the first The Symphony No 3 by Robert Simpson was written in 1962 and dedicated to veteran composer Havergal Brian. William (Havergal Brian ( January 29, 1876 &ndash November 28, 1972) was a British classical Composer. The Symphony No 4 by Robert Simpson was written between 1970 and 1972 and commissioned by the The Hallé who gave the premiere conducted by The Hallé is a Symphony orchestra based in Manchester, England, it claims the status of "the oldest professional orchestra" in the The Symphony No 5 by Robert Simpson was written in 1972 and "dedicated in admiration" to the London Symphony Orchestra, who gave the premiere on May 3 The London Symphony Orchestra ( LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. The Symphony No 6 by Robert Simpson was completed in 1977 and dedicated to the renowned gynaecologist Ian Craft. The Symphony No 7 by Robert Simpson was composed during 1977 and dedicated to Hans and Milein Keller Hans Keller (1919-1985 was an Austrian -born British Musician and Writer who made significant contributions to Musicology and Milein Cosman (b1921 is an Artist who is principally renowned for her studies of musicians in action such as Britten, Stravinsky, and Furtwaengler The Symphony No 8 by Robert Simpson was completed in 1981 and commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. The Symphony No 9 by Robert Simpson was composed between 1985 and 1987 and commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who gave the premiere under Vernon The Symphony No 10 by Robert Simpson was completed in 1988 and dedicated to the conductor Vernon Handley who gave the premiere of the work in the Philharmonic Vernon George "Tod" Handley CBE (11 November 1930 &ndash 10 September 2008 was a British conductor. The Symphony No 11 by Robert Simpson was composed in 1990 and dedicated to the conductor and composer Matthew Taylor, who gave the premiere at Cheltenham Town Matthew Taylor is the name of the following notable people Matthew Taylor (bassist, member of the band Motion City Soundtrack He regarded Quartets Nos 1-3 as forming a natural sequence, and Nos 4-6 are a clearly distinct group related to three Beethoven quartets, though they can all be performed as entirely independent compositions. The second movement of quartet number 8 has the label Eretmapodites gilletti, and the quartet is dedicated to two people including the discoverer of the mosquito with that scientific name; the ninth quartet, from 1982, is a one-movement (but subdivided, with slow and scherzando sections) palindromic 32 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Haydn; Number 10 is entitled "For Peace". (See the article by Malcolm MacDonald in the External Links. )
In programme notes for a recital consisting of Quartets 1-3 at the Arts Council of Great Britain building in London SW1 on 11 February 1955, Simpson wrote that 'although they were not consciously designed as a group, they nevertheless seem to fall into a natural sequence'. The Arts Council of Great Britain was a Non-departmental public body dedicated to the promotion of the Fine arts in Great Britain. In construction and tonality there are elements of an overall symmetry encompassing the three works.
String Quartet No. 1 (1951-52) is in two movements, quick and slow; the second movement is a set of variations on a palindromic theme stated by the viola. There is a power-struggle by the opposed tonal centres of E flat and A: E flat is the focus of the first movement and beats off the challenge of A, the second movement theme starts and ends in E flat with a central climax in A; the variations work round to A major, in which key the work ends.
String Quartet No. 2 (1953) is the shortest of all Simpson's quartets, playing for about 15 minutes. It is cast in a single movement and a single metronome mark, within which three themes (and three tempi) contest for dominance.
String Quartet No. 3 (1953-54) is in two movements, slow and quick: an Adagio in C major and a pulsing Allegro deciso that works round to an affirmative E major. (Simpson made a transcription of this movement as an independent piece for full string orchestra. )
Simpson stated that String Quartets 4-6, which are on a much larger scale than Nos. 1-3, constituted 'a close study of Beethoven's three Rasumovsky quartets, op. 59; that is to say, the attempt to understand those great works resulted in, not a verbal analysis, but music'. The three Simpson quartets offer, in his own idiom, 'musical analogies' to the procedures of Beethoven's three quartets, but they can be performed without reference to the Beethoven and indeed without reference to each other.
String Quartet No. 4 (1973) is dedicated to Basil Lam. The four movements - an Allegro, a Presto scherzo, an Andante sosteunto slow movement joining on without a break to an Assai vivace finale - are correlatives to the layout of Beethoven's op. A scherzo (plural scherzi) is a piece of Music or a movement in a certain style that forms part of a larger piece such as a Symphony. 59 no. 1.
String Quartet No. 5 (1974) is dedicated to Angela Musgrave, who became the composer's second wife. The four movements - an Allegro molto with a written-out literal repeat of the exposition, an Adagio, sempre semplice, an Allegretto vivace and a whirlwind Prestissimo finale - are correlatives to the layout of Beethoven's op. 59 no. 2.
String Quartet No. 6 (1975) is dedicated to the film-maker Barrie Gavin and his wife Jamila. Of the four movements, the first begins with an Adagio introduction exploring an enigmatic harmony, prefacing a large-scale Vivacissimo; the second is an intermezzo-like Con moto; grazioso ed intensivo, the third a complex Canon marked Molto tranquillo with an Allegretto grazioso middle section, and the finale is marked Molto rapido - these are correlatives to the layout of Beethoven's op. In Music, a canon is a contrapuntal composition that employs a Melody with one or more imitations of the melody played after a given duration (e 59 no. 3, which begins with a slow introduction exploring a particular harmony and includes an archaic form (a Minuet) as its third movement. A minuet, sometimes spelled menuet, is a Social dance of French origin for two persons usually in 3/4 time.
Quartets 7 and 8 both explore the possibilities of the perfect fifth in shaping their themes, harmonies and tonalities.
String Quartet No. 7 (1977) is dedicated to the organist Susi Jeans and written in celebration of the birth-centenary of her husband, the astronomer Sir James Jeans. Susi Jeans (1911 - 1993 otherwise Lady Jeans, was an Austrian -born organist musicologist and noted teacher Sir James Hopwood Jeans OM FRS MA DSc ScD LLD ( September 11 1877 in Ormskirk, Lancashire &ndash September The work is in a single movement and makes much use of the open strings of the instruments, whose tuning Simpson likened to the forces of gravitation. Gravitation is a natural Phenomenon by which objects with Mass attract one another This leads the work to revolve around the circle of fifths. The slow opening Tranquillo and closing Tempo primo enclose a fast section, Vivace, intended to represent the pulsing energy of the universe.
String Quartet No. 8 (1979) is dedicated to the biologist and entomologist J.D. Gillett and his wife. David Gillett, is an Architect, artist and writer Ontario Canada, Born:1959 at Orillia Ontario, Graduated University of Toronto 1983 There are four movements, the tonality of each being a fifth higher than that of its predecessor. The first is a large-scale fugue, Grave, molto intensivo, the second is a brief scherzo (Molto vivace), 'suggesting the formidable delicacy' of the mosquito Eretmapodites Gilletti. The third is an intermezzo, Allegretto grazioso, played with mutes. The finale is a strenuous Risoluto e concentrato to balance the first movement.
String Quartet No. 9 (1982) is subtitled 32 Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Haydn and was dedicated to the Delmé Quartet, who commissioned it, on their 20th anniversary, which was also the 250th anniversary of the birth of Haydn. At about 57 minutes' duration is one of the longest continuous movements for string quartet ever written. The theme is the palindromic minuet which Haydn used in his Symphony No. A palindrome is a word phrase number or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction (the adjustment of punctuation and spaces between words A minuet, sometimes spelled menuet, is a Social dance of French origin for two persons usually in 3/4 time. 47 and Piano Sonata No. 26. Simpson had already composed a set of piano variations on this minuet in 1948, and three of those variations are transcribed as variations I-III of the quartet. The 32 quartet variations take Simpson's fascination with formal symmetry to a new extreme, though they are grouped to correspond to first movement, scherzo and slow movement. The free-form fugue forms the finale, gaining energy and speed as it proceeds.
String Quartet No. 10 (1983) bears the title For Peace and was composed for the tenth anniversary of the Coull Quartet. The Coull Quartet is an English String quartet that was founded at the Royal Academy of Music, London in 1974 Simpson said that the title 'refers to its generally pacific character . . . The music . . . tries to define the condition of peace. This excludes aggression but not strong feeling. ' The three movements are a serene Allegretto, a very short Prestissimo scherzo and a concluding Molto adagio, longer than the other two movements combined, which climaxes in a fugue and ends in a peaceful epilogue.
String Quartet No. 11 (1984) was also written for the Coull Quartet and shares some material with No. 10, but is much more turbulent and intense in character: Simpson said he was conscious of the influence of Beethoven's F minor Quartet, op. 95 in this work. Quartet No. 11 is in a single large movement and is concerned with salient intervals including the tritone and the major third. An opening Allegro molto is followed by a polyphonic Adagio, a large-scale Scherzo (Presto) and a concluding Molto adagio played pianissimo throughout.
String Quartet No. 12 (1987) was commissioned for the 1988 Nottingham Festival. This work is in two large movements, a meditative and polyphonic Adagio and a Molto vivace combining the characters of scherzo and finale.
String Quartet No. 13 (1989) was commissioned for the 1990 Cardiff Festival and was premiered there by the Delmé Quartet. Cardiff ( 'kɑːdɪf) is the Capital and the largest city and county in Wales. It is dedicated to the BBC producer Graham Melville-Mason and his wife Alex. This is the shortest of Simpson's later quartets (only No. 2 is shorter) and is in four concise movements, played without any break, in a fast-slow-fast-slow pattern.
String Quartet No. 14 (1990) is a large-scale work in the traditional four movements. The slow movement has been particualrly praised for its meditative beauty.
String Quartet No. 15 (1991) is a shorter work in one movement with three contrasting sections.
As a writer on music (he would have disavowed the title 'musicologist'), Simpson was guided by his deep admiration for Tovey's ability to discuss a composer's sophisticated treatment of forms and keys in a manner that was accurate and incisive without ever alienating the non-specialist reader. Musicology ( Greek: μουσική = "music" and λόγος = "word" or "reason" is the scholarly study of Music Sir Donald Francis Tovey (17 July 1875 &ndash 10 July 1940 was a British musical analyst, musicologist, writer on Music, Composer His earliest published writings were as a reviewer and critic; but before long his focus had shifted towards being an advocate for widely unappreciated or misunderstood composers like Anton Bruckner, Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, as well as to the analysis of better-known figures (such as Beethoven) whenever he felt able to illuminate their work from a composer's perspective. Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 &ndash 11 October 1896 was an Austrian composer known primarily for his symphonies, masses, and Motets Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 &ndash 3 October 1931 was a conductor, Violinist, and Composer from Denmark. Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist. His writings can usefully be divided into five categories: (i) books written by Simpson; (ii) books edited by Simpson; (iii) contributions to other books and collections; (iv) posthumous collections of articles; (v) individual articles, programme- and sleeve-notes, etc.
The Unknown Warrior A documentary featuring the LSSO recording session of Havergal Brian's symphonies Nos. 10 and 21 and an informal interview with the composer Robert Simpson.