This is a list of available recordings. Discontinued recordings may sometimes be found online. Other media links are provided where known.

Label: Chandos Records · Divine Art · Dunelm Records · Hyperion · Lyrita · NMC Recordings · Somm · Warner Classics · Discontinued

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Chandos Records

CHAN 6573

Fanfare – British Music for Symphonic Brass Ensemble

The Locke Brass Consort, James Stobart conductor

With other music for brass band by Bliss, Brian, Benjamin, Elgar, Walton, Tippett, Rubbra and Jacob.
This CD was previously released as RSA Red Seal LP RL 25081.

Recorded: 1977   Released: July 2003
EAN: 0095115657324   Chandos Records CHAN 6573   CD ADD


CHAN 4547

Brass from the Master – Volume 1

The Williams Fairey Band, James Gourlay conductor

With other music for brass band by Jenkins, Alwyn, Rubbra, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Recorded: 15–16 February 1997   Released: August 1997
EAN: 0095115454725   Chandos Records CHAN 4547   CD DDD


CHAN 4522

Black Dyke Mills Band plays Volcano

The Black Dyke Mills Band, Major Peter Parkes conductor

Recorded live in the Royal Albert Hall, with other music for brass band by Vinter, Huber, Gregson and Calvert.

Recorded: 1979
EAN: 0095115452226   Chandos Records CHAN 4522   CD ADD


Divine Art

DDA 25167

Concertos for Flute

Susan Milan, flute; Prague Symphony Orchestra

With other works by Richard Rodney Bennett and Carl Davis. This is not yet released.

Recorded: January 2018
Divine Art DDA 25167   CD DDD


Dunelm Records

DRD 0037

Kensington Symphony Orchestra

Kensington Symphonic Brass, Russell Keable conductor

Live recording, with other works by William Walton & Shostakovich

Recorded: 1995
Dunelm Records DRD 0037   CD DDD


DRD 0254

Music for Brass and Percussion – 2

Kensington Symphonic Brass, Russell Keable conductor

Live recording, with other works by Arvo Pärt, Gabrieli, Purcell, Mussorgsky, Elgar Howarth.

Recorded: 31 March 1995
Dunelm Records DRD 0254   CD

Review by Tim Perry (MusicWeb International, June 2006)


DRD 0017

Malvern Festival Piano Recital

Raymond Clarke, piano

Live recording, Malvern Festival 1993, with Taylor’s 4 Bagatelles and Beethoven’s Op.111 that inspired Simpson to compose for Clarke

Recorded: 5 June 1993
Dunelm Records DRD 0017   CD DDD


Hyperion

CDS44191-7

Robert Simpson: The Complete Symphonies

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor; City of London Sinfonia, Matthew Taylor conductor

Recorded: 1987-2003   Released: October 2006
EAN: 0034571141916   Hyperion CDS44191-7   Boxed set, 7 CDs

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 2004)
Review by Paul Ingram (Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2005)
Review by Rob Barnett (MusicWeb International, September 2006)
Review by Paul James (Paul James’ Modern Music Review)
Review by Pliable (On An Overgrown Path, October 2006)


CDA66890

Symphonies Nos 1 & 8

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor

Recorded: July 1996   Released: November 1996
EAN: 0034571168906   Hyperion CDA66890   CD DDD

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine)


CDA66505

Symphonies Nos 2 & 4

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor

Recorded: July 1992   Released: October 1992
EAN: 0034571165059   Hyperion CDA66505   CD DDD

Review by Karl W. Nehring (The $ensible Sound)
Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, December 1992)
Review by Steve Schwartz (Classical Net, 2003)


CDA66728

Symphonies Nos 3 & 5

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor

Recorded: May 1994   Released: March 1994
EAN: 0034571167282   Hyperion CDA66728   CD DDD

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine)
Review by Karl W. Nehring (The $ensible Sound)


CDA66280

Symphonies Nos 6 & 7

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor

Recorded: September 1987   Released: April 1988
EAN: 0034571162805   Hyperion CDA66280   CD DDD

Review by Karl W. Nehring (The $ensible Sound)


CDA66299

Symphony No 9

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor

The final track is an illustrated talk on the work by the composer

Recorded: February 1988
EAN: 0034571162997   Hyperion CDA66299   CD DDD

Review by Karl W. Nehring (The $ensible Sound)
Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, December 1988)


CDA66510

Symphony No 10

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley conductor

Recorded: February 1991   Released: September 1991
EAN: 0034571165103   Hyperion CDA66510   CD DDD


CDA67500

Symphony No 11 and Variations on a theme by Nielsen

City of London Sinfonia, Matthew Taylor conductor

Recorded: December 2003   Released: August 2004
EAN: 0034571175003   Hyperion CDA67500   CD DDD

Review by Hubert Culot (MusicWeb International, September 2004)
Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 2004)
Review by Guy Rickards (Gramophone, 2005)
Review by Paul Ingram (Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2005)


CDA67016

Canzona, Media morte in vita sumu, Tempi and Eppur si muove

Corydon Singers, Corydon Brass Ensemble, Matthew Best conductor; Iain Quinn, organ

Recorded: 1997–8   Released: November 1998
EAN: 0034571170169   Hyperion CDA67016   CD DDD

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine, 1999)
Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, February 1999)


CDA66449

Music for Brass

The Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band, James Watson conductor

Recorded: August 1990   Released: May 1991
EAN: 0034571164496   Hyperion CDA66449   CD


CDA66419

String Quartets Nos 1 & 4

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and John Trusler, violins; John Underwood, viola; Jonathan Williams, cello)

Recorded: February 1990   Released: November 1990
EAN: 0034571164199   Hyperion CDA66419   CD DDD


CDA66386

String Quartets Nos 2 & 5

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and John Trusler, violins; John Underwood, viola; Jonathan Williams, cello)

Recorded: October 1989   Released: July 1990
EAN: 0034571163864   Hyperion CDA66386   CD DDD

Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, October 1990)


CDA66376

String Quartets Nos 3 & 6 and String Trio

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and John Trusler, violins; John Underwood, viola; Jonathan Williams, cello)

Recorded: July 1989   Released: March 1990
EAN: 0034571163765   Hyperion CDA66376   CD DDD

Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, July 1990)


CDA66117

String Quartets Nos 7 & 8

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and Jeremy Williams, violins; John Underwood, viola; Stephen Orton, cello)

Recorded: November 1983   Released: August 1989
EAN: 0034571161174   Hyperion CDA66117   CD AAD

Review by Arnold Whittall (Gramophone, September 1984)
Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, February 1990)


CDA66127

String Quartet No 9

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and John Trusler, violins; John Underwood, viola; Jonathan Williams, cello)

Recorded: March 1984   Released: October 1989
EAN: 0034571161273   Hyperion CDA66127   CD AAD

Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, February 1990)


CDA66225

String Quartets Nos 10 & 11

The Coull Quartet (Roger Coull and Philip Gallaway, violins; David Curtis, viola; John Todd, cello)

Recorded: June 1986   Released: March 1988
EAN: 0034571162256   Hyperion CDA66225   CD


CDA66503

String Quartet No 12 and String Quintet

The Coull Quartet (Roger Coull and Philip Gallaway, violins; David Curtis, viola; John Todd, cello); Roger Bigley, viola

Recorded: May 1991   Released: April 1992
EAN: 0034571165035   Hyperion CDA66503   CD DDD

Review by Stephen Johnson (Gramophone, July 1992)


CDA66905

String Quartet No 13, String Quintet No 2 and Clarinet Quintet

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and John Trusler, violins; John Underwood, viola; Jonathan Williams, cello); Thea King, clarinet; Christopher van Kampen, cello

Recorded: February 1997   Released: September 1997
EAN: 0034571169057   Hyperion CDA66905   CD DDD

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine)
Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, October 1997)


CDA66626

String Quartets Nos 14 & 15 and Quintet for clarinets & string trio

The Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis & Elizabeth Charleson, violin; Simon Aspell, viola; Christopher Marwood, cello); Joy Farrall, clarinet; Fiona Cross, bass clarinet

Recorded: August 1992   Released: March 1993
EAN: 0034571166261   Hyperion CDA66626   CD DDD

Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, July 1993)
Review by David Wright (MusicWeb International, July 1999)


CDA67138

Bach arr. Simpson: Die Kunst der Fuge

The Delmé Quartet (Galina Solodchin and John Trusler, violins; John Underwood, viola; Jonathan Williams, cello)

Robert Simpson’s arrangement of the Art of Fugue for string quartet.

Recorded: November 1999   Released: September 2000
EAN: 0034571171388   Hyperion CDA67138   CD DDD

Review by Paul Shoemaker (MusicWeb International, April 2003)


CDA66695

Horn Trio and Horn Quartet

Richard Watkins, horn; Pauline Lowbury, violin; Caroline Dearnley, cello; Christopher Green-Armitage, piano

Recorded: December 1993   Released: June 1994
EAN: 0034571166957   Hyperion CDA66695   CD DDD

Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, December 1994)


CDA66737

Sonata for violin & piano and Trio for violin, cello & piano

The Lowbury Piano Trio (Pauline Lowbury, violin; Ursula Smith, cello; Elizabeth Burley, Piano); Christopher Green-Armitage, piano

Recorded: December 1993   Released: March 1995
EAN: 0034571167374   Hyperion CDA66737   CD DDD

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine)


CDA66827

The Complete Solo Piano Music

Raymond Clarke, piano

Recorded: August 1995   Released: February 1996
EAN: 0034571168272   Hyperion CDA66827   CD DDD

Review by Martin Anderson (Fanfare Magazine, 1996)
Review by Roderick Swanston (Classic CD Magazine, April 1996)
Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, May 1996)


Lyrita

SRCD.344

British Cello Concertos

Raphael Wallfisch, cello; BBC National Orchestra of Wales, William Boughton conductor

With other cello concertos by John Joubert & Christopher Wright

Recorded: December 2013   Released: January 2014
EAN: 5020926034427   Lyrita SRCD.344   CD DDD

Review by Dave Billinge (MusicWeb International, November 2014)
Review by Stephen Greenbank (MusicWeb International, January 2015)
Review by Robert Matthew-Walker (Classical Source, February 2015)


NMC Recordings

NMCD 109

Symphony No. 3 and Clarinet Quintet

The Aeolian String Quartet (Sydney Humphreys and Raymond Keenlyside, violins; Margaret Major, viola; Derek Simpson, cello); Bernard Walton, clarinet; London Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein conductor

This performance of the Clarinet Quintet was previously released with String Quartet No. 1 played by the Aeolian String Quartet, on Unicorn LP UNS 234. This performance of Symphony No. 3 was previously released on Unicorn LP UNS 262.
This CD is a re-release of Unicorn-Kanchana UKCD2028 on the NMC Ancora series of re-issues.

Recorded: 1970   Released: April 2006
EAN: 0675754906023   NMC Recordings NMCD 109   CD ADD

Review by Stephen Johnson (Gramophone, June 1990)
Review by Rob Barnett (MusicWeb International, April 2006)


Somm

SOMMCD 0145

Allegro Deciso from String Quartet No. 3

Orchestra of St Paul’s, Ben Palmer conductor

With other works by Edward Elgar & Malcolm Arnold

Recorded: March 2014   Released: January 2015
EAN: 0748871014527   Somm SOMMCD 0145   CD DDD


Warner Classics

0192702

Sir Adrian Boult: The Complete Conductor

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult conductor
(Simpson’s 1st is on disc 2)

Released: October 2013
EAN: 5099901927023   Warner Classics 0192702   Boxed set 10 CDs ADD

Review by Fugue for Thought


Discontinued

5757892

Fricker, Orr, Simpson – Symphonies

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult conductor

This CD is a re-release of His Master's Voice BLP 1092, a 1956 33⅓ rpm mono recording that was previously reissued as HMV 20 Series HQM 1010 by EMI in 1966, with Fricker Symphony No. 2. The new CD includes the Fricker symphony along with Orr's Symphony in One Movement.

Recorded: January 1956   Released: November 2002
EAN: 0724357578929   EMI Classics 5757892   CD

Review by A.P. (Gramophone, April 1957)
Review by M.M. (Gramophone, March 1966)
Review by Tony Haywood (MusicWeb International, December 2002)


CRQ CD290-1

Sir Charles Groves at the Proms, 1967

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves conductor

CRQ Editions no longer produce CDs and not all CRQ albums are downloadable from their partners Bandcamp.

Recorded: 21 August 1967   Released: March 2017
CRQ Editions CRQ CD290-1   CD

Video: Symphony 3 – RPO/Groves


15656 91762

Rawsthorne and Simpson Piano Concertos

John Ogdon, piano; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Constantin Silverstri conductor

With Rawsthorne Piano Concerto No 2 and Concerto for Two Pianos.

Recorded: 1967   Released: May 1996
EAN: 5015656917621   Carlton Classics 15656 91762   CD ADD

Review by Andy Jackson
Review by Keith Potter (BBC Music Magazine)


DRD 0253

Music for Brass and Percussion – 1

Kensington Symphonic Brass, Russell Keable conductor

Live recording, with other works by Copland, Britten, Glass, Rubbra, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Bliss, grieg, Barber, David. Re-mastered December 2005.

Recorded: 6 May 1994
Dunelm Records DRD 0253   CD

Review by William Kreindler (MusicWeb International, February 2006)


DRD 0226

Cambridge University Brass Ensemble Reunion Concert

Cambridge University Brass Ensemble, Philip Walsh conductor

20th Anniversary Reunion Concert, King's College Chapel, with other works by Janáček, Barber, Grieg, Gabrieli, Alfred Uhl, Hindemith, Richard Strauss.

Recorded: April 2004
Dunelm Records DRD 0226   CD


TWO 379

The World Champions play Test Pieces For Brass

The GUS (Footwear) Band, Stanley Boddington conductor

With other championship music for brass band by Gilbert Vinter and Berlioz (arr. Frank Wright).

Recorded: 1972
EMI Columbia TWO 379   LP Stereo

Video: Energy – GUS/Boddington

Review by Tim Mutum (4barsrest, April 2008)


UNS 234

String Quartet No. 1 and Clarinet Quintet

The Aeolian String Quartet (Sydney Humphreys and Raymond Keenlyside, violins; Margaret Major, viola; Derek Simpson, cello); Bernard Walton, clarinet

This LP is no longer available.
This performance of the Clarinet Quintet was later released on Unicorn-Kanchana UKCD2028 then later again on NMC Ancora NMC D109.

Recorded: 5 August 1970
Unicorn UNS 234   LP

Review by Robert Layton (Gramophone, August 1971)
Review by Stephen Johnson (Gramophone, June 1990)


GEM 0023

Robert Simpson – Three String Quartets

The Element Quartet (Ernest Element and Sylvia Cleaver, violins; Dorothy Hemming, viola; Norman Jones, cello)

Produced from tapes and acetates in the collection of Robert Simpson.

Recorded: 1953-4   Released: August 1988
EAN: 0727031002321   Pearl GEM 0023   CD ADD (Mono 151)

Review by David Fanning (Gramophone, September 1998)


OCD 710

Music for Recorder and String Quartet

John Turner, recorder; the Camerata Ensemble (Richard Howarth and Julia Hanson, violin; Tom Dunn, viola; Jonathan Price, cello)

With other pieces for recorder and chamber ensembles by various composers.

Recorded: December 2000   Released: February 2002
EAN: 5015524407100   Olympia OCD 710   CD DDD

Review by Hubert Culot & Colin Scott-Sutherland (MusicWeb International, January 2002)