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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Travelling back some seven centuries, The Orlando Consort pays homage to the rise of early English polyphony in Beneath the northern star, a fascinating programme which showcases the wide range of music originating from this ‘silver stone set in the silver sea’ over the course of nearly two hundred years. Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet continue to demonstrate their consummate mastery of the Romantic repertoire with an irresistible programme of Borodin Piano Quintet & String Quartet No 2.
A new release from Signum Classics once more brings together the Gabrieli Consort & Players and the Wrocław Philharmonic Choir & Baroque Orchestra for an epic rendition of Haydn's The Seasons under the expert guidance of Paul McCreesh. Sung in English, the soloists are Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams.
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.
Thomas Adès remains a force pretty much unique in British contemporary music. Here for LSO Live he conducts a responsive London Symphony Orchestra in four of his own devastatingly powerful orchestral works: Asyla, Tevot, Polaris & Brahms.
The Nielsen Flute & Clarinet Concertos are among the most popular of his works. Challenging but ever approachable, they receive here on Signum Classics performances of typical flair from the Philharmonia Orchestra under Paavo Järvi.
A New Heaven is the latest Signum release from Queen's College Choir Oxford. Director Owen Rees has devised a highly charged programme of choral works traversing the gamut of human responses to divine prophecy of the apocalypse. Tread carefully. Handel in Ireland follows Bridget Cunningham and her harpsichord to Dublin as Georg Frideric sought ever more ingenious new markets in the city that was to become the birthplace of the Messiah.