MATTHEW TAYLOR (b.1964): Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia Brevis", Op. 2, Symphony No. 3, Op. 33, Horn Concerto, Op. 23
Catalogue Number: 03I083
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7178
Description: It comes as no surprise that a young British composer already influenced by Beethoven and Haydn, and with a thorough understanding of their uses and innovative departures from classical forms, would gravitate toward Robert Simpson. The first symphony (1985) was written following intensive study of Haydn's Sturm und Drang period symphonies although it is a single-movement work but emulates the old master in its range of color and dynamics. There is a bracing, Simpsonian energy to both this work and the new (2003-05) third symphony. Also in a single movement, the work generates energy through acceleration, the opening part heading toward a sinister center from which a new onslaught rips through to the end. Richard Watkins (horn), Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Matthew Taylor.