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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

1 July 2015
Classical Source, Tully Potter
Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin
Studio Master: CDA67993  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This release is an absolute treat for lovers of the violin who enjoy hearing it without accompaniment … the most distinguished of those I have heard up to now is Zimmermann’s from 1994 and Ibragimova is right up there with him' (Classical Source)» More
29 June 2015

American Polyphony
Studio Master: CDA67929  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'It's often the familiar, hackneyed pieces which most fully reveal the character of an ensemble or performer, the mirror in which their interpretive mettle is most fully reflected. In that respect I've no hesitation in saying this is the finest performance of Barber's Agnus Dei I've heard by any choir, live or on record … a wonderful recital, not to be missed' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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29 June 2015

Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Studio Master: SIGCD392  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The choral elements are scrupulously handled by the Gabrieli Consort, and the soloists are choice. Gillian Webster is the light, bright soprano, Laurence Kilsby the delightful treble, tenor Jeremy Ovenden brings his words to life, while Peter Harvey provides a solid baritone and Ashley Riches a confident bass' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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29 June 2015
The Observer, Nicholas Kenyon
Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Studio Master: SIGCD392  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Handel's ravishing score, realised to perfection by Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli, evokes [the] scenes with colourful precision' (The Observer)» More
29 June 2015

Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68079  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough move things up to another level of intensity and technical command' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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29 June 2015

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 'Reformation' & Overtures
Studio Master: LSO0775  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'There's much to savour in Gardiner's urgently driven account' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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29 June 2015

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Studio Master: CKD451  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The most impressive performance comes from Aaron Sheehan (as Ulisse-s son Telemaco) whose light lyrical voice delivers the music with utter naturalness' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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29 June 2015

Mozart: Concertos; Haydn: Sinfonia concertante
Studio Master: CDA68090  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'[A] spirited and affectionate performance heard here from the lithe violin of Ilya Gringolds, the sometimes-stratospheric cello playing of Nicolas Alstaedt, the bucolic oboe of Alfredo Bernardini and the mischievous bassoon of Peter Whelan, with the resplendent ensemble Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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29 June 2015
Pizzicato, Luxembourg, Remy Franck
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem; Hough: Missa Mirabilis
Studio Master: CDA68096  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Das ‘Colorado Symphony’ und sein Chor sind hingebungsvolle Interpreten unter der zupackenden Leitung von Andrew Litton, so dass man diese CD mit einer attraktiven Werkkopplung als vollen Erfolg ausdrücklich empfehlen kann' (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)» More

29 June 2015

Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin
Studio Master: CDA67993  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'With this Ysaÿe recording, Alina Ibragimova enters a surprisingly well-populated field—and she's up there with the best' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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28 June 2015
The Sunday Times
American Polyphony
Studio Master: CDA67929  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The peerless choir offer meticulously blended and shaped performances of 20th-century a cappella Amercian choral works' (The Sunday Times)» More
28 June 2015
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
Studio Master: CDA68081/2  2CDs NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This superb performance crowns Stenz's tenure as Cologne's general music director, with opulent playing from the Gurzenichers and six Cologne and Dutch choirs. Brandon Jovanovich's thrilling Waldemar and Claudia Mahnke's plangent Wood Dove are the pick of a fine team of soloists' (The Sunday Times)» More
28 June 2015
The Observer, Fiona Maddocks
Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5
Studio Master: SIGCD333  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Thomas Allen, Thomas Oliemans, Joshua Ellicott, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Ann Murray and Sarah Fox are all secure and idiomatic Poulenc connoisseurs' (The Observer)» More

26 June 2015
Financial Times, Richard Fairman
Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
Studio Master: CDA68081/2  2CDs NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The live recording’s Wagnerian cast is swept along with élan by conductor Markus Stenz and his orchestra' (Financial Times)» More

22 June 2015
Sinfini Music, Norman Lebrecht
Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
Studio Master: CDA68081/2  2CDs NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra fits the bill, with glorious lower strings and searing woodwind solos; conductor Markus Stenz keeps the passion simmering, never lets it flag. Brandon Jovanovich sings a wistful king, Barbara Haveman a much-wronged queen; the choirs are tremendous and the concertmaster, Ursula Maria Berg, has a way of shifting the narrative that is rare in a work of this size' (Sinfini Music)» More

21 June 2015
The Guardian, Stephen Pritchard
American Polyphony
Studio Master: CDA67929  NEW   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Stephen Layton’s Polyphony are an always impressive choir of startling purity and clarity. This collection of 20th-century US material encompasses familiar pieces' (The Guardian)» More

20 June 2015
The Strad, John Milsom
Bruch: Violin Concerto No 3 & Scottish Fantasy
Studio Master: CDA68050  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Liebeck's playing soon proves to be clean, tidy and free from undue mannerism … some soulful and evocative landscape painting at the start' (The Strad)» More
20 June 2015
TheArtsDesk.com, Graham Rickson
Grieg: Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68070  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This is the musical equivalent of a box of high-end chocolates, though one which you can happily consume without ill-effects' (TheArtsDesk.com)» More
20 June 2015
Classical Source, Colin Anderson
Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68079  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'In the Cello Sonata stakes, the Grieg and Mendelssohn are perennials, the latter a masterpiece. Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough give it a superb outing … Hough’s Sonata is central to a very recommendable release' (Classical Source)» More
20 June 2015
The Times, Neil Fisher
Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin
Studio Master: CDA67993  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Ibragimova brings a ferocious technique but, more importantly, a chameleon touch to music of extraordinarily expressive breadth' (The Times)» More

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