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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 April 2015
Sinfini Music, Norman Lebrecht
Grieg: Lyric Pieces
CDA68070  5 May 2015 Release  

'There is any amount of magic in these miniatures … Hough’s set is a worthy successor to Gilels, and that’s saying a lot' (Sinfini Music)» More
19 April 2015
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No 2
Studio Master: CDA67987  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The great Soviet composer's chamber music is new to the discography of the Takács, arguably the world's most versatile string quartet. Here they strike up a tingling rapport with one of Hyperion's 'house' pianists: sparks fly between the French-Canadian and the British/Hungarian string players, especially in the sizzling Scherzo and witty Allegretto Finale, even if they don't plumb the melancholic depths of Sviatoslav Richter and the Borodins in their famous reading. The turbulent A major Quartet makes one hanker for more' (The Sunday Times)
19 April 2015
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Studio Master: CKD451  Download only NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The strength of this issue is in its strong, youthful cast' (The Sunday Times)» More
19 April 2015
Audiophile Audition, USA, Gary Lemco
Liszt: Piano Sonata & other works
Studio Master: CDA68067  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Hewitt brings the requisite combination of flowery ornaments and brilliant cadenza passagework' (Audiophile Audition, USA)» More
16 April 2015
Sinfini Music, Peter Quantrill
Prokofiev & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68037  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Deranged nuns, inveterate gamblers and fairytale princesses are stock-in-trade characters for Prokofiev’s operas, and it doesn’t take a wild imaginative leap to hear such fantastical characters peopling the busy, welcoming sprawl of his Cello Concerto like a comic-book city. It's thanks to Steven Isserlis, who makes a piece with a chequered history and ‘difficult’ reputation sound like a masterpiece completely characteristic of its creator' (Sinfini Music)» More
11 April 2015
BBC CD Review
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No 2
Studio Master: CDA67987  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'[The Takacs Quartet and pianist Marc-André Hamelin] surprised me with a more silken subtlety of approach, an understated sensitivity that nonetheless peels away the work’s surface and allows you to glimpse its emotional depths' (BBC CD Review)» More
11 April 2015
TheArtsDesk.com, Graham Rickson
Prokofiev & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68037  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This performance is up with the best; Isserlis’s warm, sonorous tone [is] a real asset' (TheArtsDesk.com)» More
10 April 2015

Leighton: Crucifixus & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68039  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'All the performers, whether singers or organists are on really fine form, with Stephen Layton certainly bringing out the best from his forces' (MusicWeb International)» More
3 April 2015
WQXR, USA, Doyle Armbrust
Szymański & Mykietyn: Music for string quartet
Studio Master: CDA68085  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Throughout the quartet performs with unwavering verve and polish' (WQXR, USA)» More
1 April 2015

Leighton: Crucifixus & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68039  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'La monographie que le jeune chœur cambridgien (et féminin) consacre à Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) est plus conséquente , ne serait-ce que par la diversité de ses pages. Avant d'arriver aux quatre stations poétiques d'un Crucfixus pro nobis très original avec un ténor solo, Layton explore la liberté harmonique d'un ancien maîtrisien (à la cathédrale de Wakefield) qui fut aussi l'élève de Goffredo Petrassi (God's Grandeur), la ferveur tendre puis débordante de son What Love is this of thine?, une Missa brevis qui regorge de fructueux procédés imitatifs.' (Diapason, France)

1 April 2015

Astorga & Boccherini: Stabat mater
CDH55287 

'The instrumental contribution of the seven players is … always impeccable. The sound quality is excellent, intimate and immediate' (MusicWeb International)» More
1 April 2015

Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet & Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68003  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This generously-filled collection of chamber works provides a summary of the stages in the musical life of Frank Bridge—the Romantic, the folksong arranger and the austere … the members of the Nash Ensemble, in various combinations here, excel, with Ian Brown’s contribution at the piano worthy of particular note' (MusicWeb International)» More
1 April 2015
Classica, France, Michel Fleury
Busoni & Strauss: Violin Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68044  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Le couplage des deux concertos est idéal. Tanja Becker-Bender avait prouvé la perfection de sa technique et la musicalité de son jeu dans un excellent concerto de Reger … capable de conférer une certaine densité et un réel attrait à des pages, qui, avec d'autres, auraient pu paraître un simple exercice d'école' (Classica, France)» More

1 April 2015

Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3
Studio Master: CDA68033  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Toutes les conditions sont réunies pour un troisième volet réussi de cette série Dohnanyi. Le créateur hongrois figurait parmi les grands virtuoses de son temps. Ces pages sonnent de fait très bien et témoignent d'une robustesse allègre, qui éclate dans le folklore réinventé de Ruralia hungarica' (Diapason, France)» More

1 April 2015
The Oldie, Richard Osborne
Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68083  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The result is a collection that in terms of imagination and aural allure is beyond anything I have heard since the halcyon age of the young Benjamin Britten … full of small gems' (The Oldie)» More
1 April 2015

Machaut: The dart of love
Studio Master: CDA68008  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'La séduction so british des Orlando aura ses partisans' (Diapason, France)» More

1 April 2015

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

'On apprécie l'ordre dans lequel Halstead a gravé les concertos, fidèle à leur vraie chronologie … on savoure également les sonorités d'un cor naturel sans piston qui oblige certes le souffleur à de périlleuses accentuations mais déploie des couleurs contrastées, des plus flûtées aux plus cuivrées' (Diapason, France)» More
1 April 2015

Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Avec virtuosité, [Danny Driver] se joue des multiples chausse-trappes parsemant la partition, sans jamais transformer en études techniques ces pages flamboyantes … et kaléidoscopiques' (Diapason, France)» More
1 April 2015

Szymański & Mykietyn: Music for string quartet
Studio Master: CDA68085  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Le Royal String Quartet domine [ces pages] avec une précision acérée et une aisance presque désinvolte' (Diapason, France)» More

1 April 2015
Classica, France, Guillaume Bunel
Tallis: Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68076  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Dans la clarté des intentions, l'assurance des phrasés, cette lecture apparait efficace et rend pleinement justice à chacun des styles représentés que Thomas Tallis a pratiqués avec un égal génie' (Classica, France)» More

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