Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Music for the 100 Years’ War is an exploration and celebration of the range of English music in the century leading up to the Battle of Agincourt. But this is no mere scholarly exercise, the music of this country's distant past here excitingly revivified by Andrew Kirkman and The Binchois Consort. Finally from Hyperion this month, Mozart Violin Sonatas K296, 306, 454 & 547 comprise the third instalment from Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien in what is rapidly becoming seen as the benchmark for this repertoire. As before, works by the boy Wunderkind are coupled with the mature masterpieces.
Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles, one of the more astonishing choral works of recent times, was originally issued by Signum in 2006 and has remained something of a party piece for performers Tenebrae and Nigel Short. Here it is coupled with the first recording of companion piece Footsteps by Owain Park. David Goode has once again taken to the console of the glorious Metzler organ in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, this the fourth instalment in his Complete Bach Organ Works cycle.
For LSO Live the Verdi Requiem blazes into life in a live recording made in September 2016 under the thrilling baton of Gianandrea Noseda. The serried ranks of the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus battle it out with soloists Erika Grimaldi (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor) and Michele Pertusi (bass).
The Choir of King's College Cambridge and conductor Stephen Cleobury made a new recording of the Bach St John Passion as part of their Easter celebrations of 2016. An unbeatable line-up of soloists and an immaculate Academy of Ancient Music make this release something quite special.
From Signum Classics this month we have a new traversal of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Op 87. Peter Donohoe performs, also contributing a detailed essay on the genesis and structure of this seminal work. Now gathered into a single album, this month also sees the re-issue of Lorin Maazel's Complete Mahler Symphonies cycle recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2011.
Two enterprising new albums from Linn Records this month find William Carter in Bach reimagines Bach—an exploration of the composer's own lute transcriptions of some favourite works—, and Oliver Knussen leading members of the Royal Academy of Music into the fascinating world of Stravinsky The soldier's tale and other works variously related.
This month extends a warm welcome to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists whose own SDG label is now available for download from Hyperion. At the core of the repertoire available is the epic Bach Cantata Pilgrimage—surely one of the most significant projects of musical endurance ever undertaken. More recent albums take in Beethoven and Brahms, and of course other Bach masterworks: this new recording of the Bach St Matthew Passion was made at the conclusion of an extended European tour and is an absolute triumph.