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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.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
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The poet, librettist and author Ursula Wood married Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1953 and in the same year Ralph set her poem Silence and Music as his contribution to ‘A Garland for the Queen’, in which ten composers and ten poets paid tribute to Elizabeth II in her coronation year. The dedication reads ‘To the memory of Charles Villiers Stanford, and his Blue Bird’, and there are clear echoes of Stanford’s haunting part song, with its soprano line floating above the dreamy, unresolved harmonies of the lower voices.
Silence, come first: I see a sleeping swan, wings closed, and drifting where the water leads, a winter moon, a grove where shadows dream, a hand outstretched to gather hollow reeds. The four winds in their litanies can tell all of earth’s stories as they weep and cry, the sea names all the treasure of her tides, the birds rejoice between the earth and sky. Voices of grief and from the heart of joy; so near to comprehension do we stand that wind and sea and all of winged delight lie in the octaves of man’s voice and hand, and music wakes from silence, where it slept.