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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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Recent reviews

20 January 2015
The Epoch Times, Mary Keene
Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'A marvellous venture of technical virtuosity from Pip Eastop, the newest shining star in brass, and a brave choice considering the wide array of recordings on offer' (The Epoch Times)» More

9 January 2015
BBC CD Review, Andrew McGregor
Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'A new recording of Mozart’s horn concertos arrived this week and while we’re hardly short of library contenders I think there’s something a little special about this newcomer. It’s from Pip Eastop on the natural horn … exciting performances, the hand-stopping negotiated with fabulous facility. Peter Hanson leads The Hanover Band and it's his period-instrument string quartet, the Eroica Quartet, that joins Eastop for a spirited and colourful performance of Mozart’s Horn Quintet. That’s well worth hearing in its own right … a major bonus after the four concertos' (BBC CD Review)» More
6 January 2015

Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Eastop has the gift of numerous timbres and effects, a wide range of dynamics, shares the fun of wacky cadenzas, is unfazed by high notes, can be audacious and—put simply—is a master of the natural horn, everything heard having to be made without the aid of added-later valves and sophisticated plumbing. This is flawless, poised and always musical playing' (ClassicalSource.com)» More
5 January 2015

Mozart: Horn Concertos
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'Pip Eastop plays a natural horn akin to the type available to the virtuoso for whom Mozart wrote the four concertos, Joseph Leutgeb. Mozart clearly did not feel in any way hidebound by the horn’s limited range of easily attainable notes … with lucid input from The Hanover Band and from the Eroica Quartet in the Quintet, these performances have a musical integrity over and above historical interest' (Gramophone)» More
1 January 2015

Jongen: Violin Concerto; Lazzari: Rapsodie
Studio Master: CDA68005  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Strongly tonal and lyrical, Jongen's chief influences seem to be Richard Strauss and César Franck … the Fantasia in E major has a gorgeous honeyed melody as its main subject. A better title might have given it wider currency. The more amorphous Adagio symphonique from three years later comes from the same stable, with the soloist flying high over a rich orchestral texture. It is this characteristic that is most evident in the three movements of the Violin Concerto' (Gramophone)» More
1 January 2015

Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Eastop sails through the challenges with aplomb. His playing possesses plenty of agility and he can phrase slow movements gracefully … he is matched by a very stylish Hanover Band … the string playing is lean, with clean articulation and punch to the accents … after the concertos comes a lovely reading of the Horn Quintet, K407, the earliest work Mozart composed for Leutgeb. In this, the composer employs two violas instead of two violins, giving a slightly darker string palette, admirably conveyed here by the Eroica Quartet. After the raucous, rambunctious concertos, the Quintet offers an amiable postlude, performed with much charm. This is a clear winner of a disc destined to bring many a smile through the winter gloom' (International Record Review)» More
1 January 2015
Classic FM
Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'An extraordinary performance on the natural horn … Pip Eastop gives these pieces an extraordinary immediacy and authenticity. His superb technical ability and inventiveness are put to brilliant use in these very enjoyable renditions. He is ably accompanied by The Hanover Band conducted by Tony Halstead' (Classic FM)» More
1 January 2015

Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Even if you have the classic Dennis Brain recordings with Herbert von Karajan … as surely almost all Mozarteans do, there's a place for an alternative set on the natural horn and with the advantage of modern recording … this recording made me hear more new aspects of the concertos and especially of the quintet than any other. It’s emphatically not just for the period-instrument brigade' (MusicWeb International)» More
1 January 2015
TheArtsDesk.com, Graham Rickson
Mozart: Horn Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68097  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Eastop's playing has the effect of making the modern horn sound a little, er, boring. He doesn't attempt to smooth over the differences between open and stopped notes, effortlessly switching between legato lines and rollicking hunting calls. It's an instantly appealing, very vocal sound … this is a feel-good disc in every way; Eastop's cheeky virtuosity eliciting gasps as well as giggles … Eastop sails through its difficulties, resisting the temptation to rush through the witty finale. It sounds all the better for it. Intelligent notes, sensitive accompaniments and excellent sound—what's not to like?' (TheArtsDesk.com)» More
1 January 2015

Scriabin: The Complete Études
CDH55242  NEW  

'Another Scriabin winner from Lane who takes the music's finger-breaking, chromatically intensified complexities in his stride with a beguiling, micro-inflected sensitivity that favours poetic intimacy over primeval catharsis.' (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 January 2015

Scriabin: The Complete Préludes, Vol. 1
CDH55450  NEW  

'Captivating, alluring performances from lane, who captures the Chlopinesque incandescence and brevity of the early Préludes with a magical sureness of touch that clarifies and illuminates even the blackest of pages' (BBC Music Magazine)
1 January 2015

Scriabin: The Complete Préludes, Vol. 2
CDH55451  NEW  

'As Scriabin's invention begins to take flight with his later Préludes, Piers Lane responds with fleet-fingered, mercurial playing that captures the music's super-heated compression with meltingly phrased precision and alacrity' (BBC Music Magazine)
1 January 2015

Tallis: Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68076  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This very enjoyable series continues its sequence of motets and hymns, with a Mass as the centrepiece—this time the setting for four voices, the most direct and pared down of Tallis's output … The Cardinall's Musick give a very well-judged account of one of Tallis's most economical works … for the rest, there are splendid performances here: with O salutaris hostia, Laudate Dominum and Euge caeli porta the composer is in his essential idiom, to which The Cardinall's Musick respond with poise and precision, and they are equally at home in the settings from Archbishop Parker's Psalter, where a forthright unanimity is required. A very welcome issue, then; and it's always nice to known that there's more to come' (Gramophone)» More
1 January 2015

Tallis: Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68076  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'As always with Hyperion the notes contribute considerably to the overall excellence … the new recording can hold its head high in [other labels'] company. Carwood takes all but the Sanctus and Benedictus faster than Summerly without sounding at all hurried … Even if you already have the complete Signum/Brilliant Classics set or many of the individual albums from it, the new Hyperion and its predecessors should be on your wish list. The four volumes issued to date cover almost half of Tallis’s extant output. Roll on the rest' (MusicWeb International)» More
1 January 2015

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
CDA67605 

'I liked her performance of the Pastoral, which opens proceedings, and Op 2/3 which concludes matters, but I thought her Pathétique a little underwhelming … Classic FM magazine made this a Disc of the Month' (MusicWeb International)» More
1 January 2015

Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets
Studio Master: CDA68065  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This is a remarkable disc, firstly because of the rarity of the repertoire it contains, and secondly because of the extraordinary vigour of much of the singing. When I first listened to Nato canunt omnia, I was quite taken aback both by the speed and by the brashness of the sound—the ‘milked’ false relation at the final cadence is to die for—but further acquaintance not only makes the vigour seem normal but essential. Stephen Rice gives quite brilliant analyses of the pieces recorded in his very substantial booklet notes; of Nato canunt omnia he says, ‘The piece as a whole stands as a virtuosic demonstration of Brumel’s compositional technique, which juxtaposes radically different styles and textures to create a glittering musical collage.' … the Missa de beata virgine offers, on account of its length, many sonic possibilities, and the Brabants are able to use both their sharp- edged upper voices and their sense of line to tremendous effect' (International Record Review)» More
1 January 2015

Debussy: Images & Préludes II
Studio Master: CDA67920  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Debussy's absence from Marc-André Hamelin's recorded repertoire has always struck me as a shame, the more so when one considers that Hamelin's pianistic style comprises exactly the right combination of colour, imagination and precision of touch. The present disc, which consists of captivating interpretations of the two collections of Images alongside the second book of Préludes … is thus particularly welcome' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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1 January 2015

Fire burning in snow
CDA67600 

'Fire Burning in Snow is the final volume of a set of Baroque Music from Latin America, performed by Ex Cathedra Consort and Baroque Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore. The music is by Juan de Araujo (1648-1712), interspersed with sections of the anonymous Hanacpachap cussicuinin … John Quinn made the album a Recording of the Month and I made the whole series part of my Hyperion Top 30' (MusicWeb International)» More
1 January 2015

Ives: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3
CDA67525  This album is not available for download

'As Tony Haywood wrote in his appreciative review, you really need the companion disc, containing Nos 1 and 4 and Central Park in the Dark, to complete the picture— only, with no download, on CDA67540. The transition from No 1 to No 4 on this album is a real culture shock. Now the hymns, popular songs and marching tunes are juxtaposed and superimposed on each other in the second movement. I’m not sure that I can yet relate fully to this symphony, or that I ever shall, but I’m prepared to work at it for the sake of the sublime third movement and the powerful finale' (MusicWeb International)
1 January 2015

MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross
CDA67460 

'Hypnotic intensity: harshness mingled with beauty … there is beauty, too, in the setting of Jeremy Taylor’s poem on the Annunciation. I haven’t heard the rival recordings from The Sixteen or New College Choir but I doubt that they convey the quality of this almost timeless setting better than Polyphony' (MusicWeb International)» More
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