To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
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.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.
Studio Master: CDA67949Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Expressive and beautiful thirteenth-century vocal music which represents the first experiments towards polyphony, performed according to the latest research by acknowledged masters of the repertoire.» More
Qui servare puberem, Vagam claudere Studet, lavat laterem; Litus colere Tunc laborat, Cum explorat Vias vipere; Novit enim carcerem, Vincla solvere, Fedus et caracterem Firmatum frangere, Nata semper fallere, Novo gaudet veterem Amicum pellere.
Sub columbe specie Vulpes latuit; In perdulci facie Dolum texuit; Linguam melle, Mentem felle Que sic imbuit, Arte quod perfidie Me absorbuit, Nec me sed pecunie Profectum coluit, Cum spes lucri defuit Minus solvit gratie Cui magis debuit.
Cuius vexat meritum Scorti stimulus Salomonis exitum Penset sedulus; Precidatur Qui predatur Famam, titulus, Quia scorto subditum Ridet populus, Tamquam sit vas perditum; Hic est funiculus Qui suspendit spiritum; Hic precedit tumulus Viventis obitum.
He who strives to keep and lock in a roving young woman is washing a brick; he labours to plough the sand when he explores the ways of a viper; for she knows how to unlock a prison and chains, how to break an agreement and a signed contract, born always to deceive she rejoices at driving away her old lover for a new.
Under the semblance of a dove a fox lay hidden, in her sweet face she hid trickery, she who so imbued her tongue with honey her mind with gall that she absorbed me with the art of perfidy, nor did she care for me but for the increase of money, when the hope of gain failed she paid less of gratitude to him to whom she owed it most.
He whose virtue is tested by the attractions of a harlot let him think carefully about the end of Solomon; let the name which despoils its reputation be destroyed, since the people laughs at one enthralled by a harlot as if he were a lost vessel; this is the cord which suspends the spirit; this tomb precedes the death of the living man.