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This month's new releases

A new release from Westminster Cathedral Choir of Sheppard Media vita & other sacred music is simply stupendous: three works which showcase Tudor polyphony at its most awe-inspiringly fervid. What more remains to be said? Only that Martin Baker conducts, and that this is an indispensable Record of the Month for August. Contemplations of a mortality distinctly less anguished may be found at the end of the eighth volume of The Complete Richard Strauss Songs which brings this distinguished series to a close with—what else?—the sublime 'Four last songs'. The programme is shared between Nicky Spence and Rebecca Evans; as ever Roger Vignoles presides.

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Our two piano releases this month could scarcely be more different. Marc-André Hamelin's illuminating booklet note for Feldman For Bunita Marcus invites the listener to explore nothing less than 'an alternate reality', appropriate for music which makes demands of even the greatest of pianists (and of its listeners) wholly unlike those to be found anywhere else in the repertoire. Whereas the challenges of Potter Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4 are perhaps more conventional: there are considerably more notes for the soloist to get his hands around. Happily in this instance, the hands are those of Howard Shelley who, partnered by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, adds three first recordings of this English contemporary of Rossini and Schubert to our Romantic Piano Concerto series.

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For the whole of August we are giving away (well, nearly giving away) over 100 of our compact disc titles: they are just £2.50 per CD (downloads not included—they're not cluttering up our warehouse). So if you've ever wanted to explore numerology in the company of William Wallace's Creation Symphony, or wondered how Percy Grainger would respond to a sea shanty when equipped with guitars, mandolas, ukuleles and a harmonium, now is the time to delve into the dustier byways of the famously dusty Hyperion back catalogue. There's music by Mendelssohn and Mendelssohn (sister), Taverner and Tavener (some relation), Tchaikovsky and Tchaikovsky (no relation), Nielsen, Peerson, Hansson, Dyson, Jackson, Williamson, Chausson, d'Albert, Lambert, Schubert, Suk, Blow, and many others more or less obscure. Blah blah blah (& other trifles) indeed. You'll find listings of the CDs available at this price in the "Current Offers" menu above where we've divided them into the categories orchestral, chamber, solo instrumental, choral and vocal.

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Andrew Manze conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in immaculately recorded performances of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26—a new milestone in the orchestra's triumphant Mozart collaboration with Linn Records. Soloist Francesco Piemontesi has been described as a 'stellar Mozartian' and we have here something of a perfect marriage between composer and performers.

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The popular Ensemble Marsyas has returned to the studio for Linn Records to record the fascinating Edinburgh 1742 – Barsanti & Handel. An extraordinary vogue for horn music prevailed in eighteenth-century Britain—soloists Alec Frank-Gemmill and Joe Walters take up the gauntlet.

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Other releases

Hyperion monthly sampler - August 2017
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201708Download-only sampler
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