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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

27 April 2015

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

'The Trinity Choir responds to [Kenneth Leighton's] music's energetic, often muscly feel, and Stephen Layton's direction declines to prettify' (Choir & Organ)» More

27 April 2015

Out of darkness – Music from Lent to Trinity
Studio Master: SIGCD409  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'If the boys'voices in unison sometimes lack total precision, they are always musical. Organ accompaniments are slick and colourful from both players' (Choir & Organ)» More

23 April 2015
Limelight, Australia, Robert Stove
Jongen & Lazzari: Violin Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68005  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Technically and artistically Philippe Graffin once again proves first-class, his slender yet eloquent tone being altogether appropriate. Recorded sound is admirable, though a little drier than the label's very finest' (Limelight, Australia)» More
22 April 2015
The Strad, Julian Haylock
Jongen & Lazzari: Violin Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68005  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Graffin’s tonal transparency, ear-ringing intonation and phrasal intuitiveness … are a constant source of pleasure, captured in alluringly tangible sound' (The Strad)» More
20 April 2015
Sinfini Music, Norman Lebrecht
Grieg: Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68070  5 May 2015 Release   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'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
20 April 2015
Pianiste, France
Debussy: Images & Préludes II
Studio Master: CDA67920  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Le pianiste canadien Marc-André Hamelin … possède sans conteste le sens aigu de l'architecture, de la beauté pure et de la volupté de l'instant. Un disque de référence' (Pianiste, France)
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
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No 2
Studio Master: CDA67987  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
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  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'[The Takács 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  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  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
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