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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

25 August 2015

Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68045  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Both Scarlatti and Handel are most alluring. With Robin Michael's added cello on the bass line, they become real duo sonatas with discreet, though inventive and often witty, continuo harpsichord' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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25 August 2015

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 2/2, 10/1, 78 & 110
Studio Master: CDA68086  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This fifth volume, for the most part, offers interpretations characterised by intelligent virtuosity and cultivated artistry … obviously [Angela Hewitt's] long experience with Bach is an asset here!' (Gramophone)» More
25 August 2015

Mahler: Symphonies Nos 7-9
Studio Master: SIGCD362  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This set is mainly valuable for those who attended the Southbank concerts. Maybe the more controversial performances came across more compellingly live than they do on disc' (Gramophone)» More
23 August 2015
The Observer, Stephen Pritchard
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 – Ian Bostridge
Studio Master: CDJ33126  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The lovesick texts are somewhat overwrought and highly coloured to modern ears, but Bostridge is totally convincing, particularly in his wonderfully sensitive handling of the Op 96 collection. Johnson, that poet of the piano, underpins everything with just the right level of ardour—and he writes tremendous sleeve notes' (The Observer)» More

23 August 2015
The Telegraph, Geoffrey Norris
Parry: I was glad & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68089  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The work that truly sends shivers up and down the spine in this programme is the anthem 'I Was Glad', written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and sung at every coronation since It is not merely the grandeur of the piece that is so impressive but also the fact that Parry’s choral part-writing and his glorious shifts of harmony create such a stirring, vibrant, awesome majesty of sound, enhanced here by both organ and Onyx Brass' (The Telegraph)» More
23 August 2015
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Haydn: Symphonies Nos 31, 70 & 101
CKD500  Download only 18 September 2015 Release  

'Ticciati's decision to programme three symphonies in D major from different stages of Haydn's career is a clever and attractive one … the SCO revel in the brio, dash and pathos of this life-enhancing music' (The Sunday Times)» More
23 August 2015
The Sunday Times, Paul Driver
Szymanowski & Hahn: Violin Sonatas
SIGCD432  Download only 18 September 2015 Release  

'Waley-Cohen's playing is radiant and soaring, and Watkins's pianism a model, as always, of sensitivity' (The Sunday Times)» More
23 August 2015
The Sunday Times, Stephen Pettitt
Compère: Magnificat, motets & chansons
Studio Master: CDA68069  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The Orlando Consort—just four male singers—deliver with poise a Magnificat composed in Milan and a varied sequence of effective French 'chansons'' (The Sunday Times)» More
21 August 2015
The Washington Post, Patrick Rucker
Grieg: Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68070  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Hough playfully captures Grieg’s kaleidoscopic moods and colors with an easy relish that’s hard to resist. If your summer didn’t include an invigorating walk among the wildflowers on the Norwegian fjords in brisk Scandinavian air, listening to this CD could be the next best thing' (The Washington Post)» More
20 August 2015
Classical Ear, Mark Devoto
Albéniz & Granados: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA67918  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Granados’s ‘Patético’ Concerto can’t be called authentic; rather it is a thorough reconstruction from incomplete sketches and potpourri from existing piano solos, but these are convincingly organized by Melani Mestre, who is the expert and expressive soloist in all the works on this disc' (Classical Ear)» More

18 August 2015

Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph & motets
Studio Master: CDA68064  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'These are well-rehearsed readings of exceptional finesse and polish. Intonation is pristine, with technique and ensemble flawless. Listening to them, I felt no sense of routine, but freshness and spontaneity throughout. These are idiomatic, inspirational and persuasive accounts, which set the bar high … lovers of Renaissance polyphony shouldn’t hesitate to acquire this' (MusicWeb International)» More
18 August 2015
Audiophile, Rob Pennock
Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68079  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This then is an arresting release, which contains powerful, deeply felt performances that demand to be heard and as such carries the highest recommendation' (Audiophile)» More
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18 August 2015
Ici Musique, Canada
Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68079  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Certains comparent parfois l'interprétation de la musique classique à un sport extrême, étant donné la perfection attendue des musiciens voulant survivre dans ce monde. Je me permettrai, pour ma part, de comparer l'album Mendelssohn-Grieg-Hough: Cello Sonatas du violoncelliste Steven Isserlis et du pianiste Stephen Hough à une passionnante course automobile mettant en vedette des voitures improbables' (Ici Musique, Canada)
16 August 2015
The Guardian, Stephen Pritchard
Tallis: Ave, Dei patris filia & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68095  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The sprawling majesty of Thomas Tallis’s 'Ave, Dei patris filia' is brought to startling life here by both the fine voices of the Cardinall’s Musick and the scholarly detective work of David Allinson … Canticles, responses, Te Deum and the Litany are all sung with an almost string-like quality of tone and perfect unanimity' (The Guardian)» More

16 August 2015
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Handel: Handel in Italy, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD423  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The baritone cantata, stylishly sung is a rarity, and the accompaniments and Cunningham's dispatch of a harpsichord sonata are spry' (The Sunday Times)» More
15 August 2015
Jyllands-Posten, Denmark, Jens Povlsen
Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman & Copland
Studio Master: CDA68094  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Der er bid i instrumenterne, og de mange detaljer i den frodige amerikanske kammermusik står i blomst. Lige til at plukke' (Jyllands-Posten, Denmark)

15 August 2015
Audiophile Audition, USA, Peter Joelson
Herz: Piano Concerto No 2 & other works
Studio Master: CDA68100  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'A lot of Herz's writing for piano is fiendishly difficult and highly delicate, more filigree than barn-storming keyboard-bashing display, requiring sensitive handling. Howard Shelley shows all this off very successfully indeed, the light and bright-toned piano making the rapid, lithe passage-work crystal-clear, especially heard through the 24-bit download. Directed from the keyboard … the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra contributes a lean clear sound in a credible concert-hall balance, all captured in fine sound by Hyperion's engineers. Bravo!' (Audiophile Audition, USA)» More

15 August 2015
TheArtsDesk.com, Graham Rickson
Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
Studio Master: CDA68081/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Essential listening if you've a weakness for late-romantic blockbusters, and this recording, along with Chailly's, is among the best' (TheArtsDesk.com)» More
15 August 2015
Jyllands-Posten, Denmark, Jens Povlsen
Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin
Studio Master: CDA67993  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Når Ibragimova er på toppen, er hun sprudlende' (Jyllands-Posten, Denmark)

14 August 2015
Audiophile Audition, USA, Peter Joelson
Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman & Copland
Studio Master: CDA68094  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Recording quality … is excellent, and auditioned via the 24/96 high-resolution download, the stereo imaging is very well focused and realistic … the booklet, with its attractive cover illustration, has a thoroughly good essay by Nigel Simeone. Very highly recommended, especially, as the reader will guess, for Bernard Herrmann’s Souvenirs de voyage!' (Audiophile Audition, USA)» More

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