World’s newest violin concerto is yours to view

World’s newest violin concerto is yours to view


norman lebrecht

May 02, 2021

The Mark Simpson concerto premiered by Nicola Benedetti with the London Symphony Orchestra is free to view this week on Maruqee TV.

It’s a cracker.

Click here.




  • John Borstlap says:

    For people, who haven’t heard of Simpson:

    It’s nervous music at the edge of sonic art.

  • A genuinely remarkable new work. And presented from the outset with such a fine performance and video production. Truly unrelenting demands on the soloist, and yet mastered with such virtuosity!

    And a couple related thoughts: 1) The work seems to speak to the ever-increasing divide between the Anglo-American and continental new music worlds. 2) How does the UK have such fine orchestras and yet pay them so badly?

  • Phil. says:

    Viewed? thought violin concertos were heard ?

  • Helen Beadamoo says:

    Pretentious junk that goes nowhere. Lousy orchestration too

  • RobK says:

    It’s a work of tremendous skill and ambition – I found it somewhat over-scored, especially in the percussion department, but… give the guy a break! I wish I could write so idiomatically for the violin as does this clarinet-playing composer.

    Hints of Walton (perhaps unavoidably) in the energetic, neo-romantic crowd-pleaser (and nothing wrong with that!) And bravissimo to la Benedetti!