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.
Several of the pieces are prefaced by stanzas from Lamartine’s poems, whence some of the titles derive. The Invocation is at once a prayer and a triumphant cry of faith, and, like many of Liszt’s works of this kind, is cast in E major.
Bénédiction de Dieu is the largest and finest piece of the set, and the added-sixth harmonies in F sharp major look forward to the religiously inspired music of Messiaen. The central Andante is perfect in its simplicity and reserve, and another delicate theme—sostenuto—precedes the return of the main material. Both secondary themes return in the gentle coda. Funérailles is subtitled ‘October 1849’. Many silly suggestions have been put about as to its inspiration—none less accurate than the notion that the piece is in memory of Chopin and that the tremendous galloping left-hand octaves in the middle section derive from Chopin’s A flat Polonaise. Many of Liszt’s acquaintances died in the mass execution at the hands of the Austrian court of Hungarian prime minister Batthyany and sixteen of his officers on 6 October 1849, in the aftermath of the failure of the 1848–9 revolution in Hungary. Although the ninth piece in the set is known only by its tempo direction, the poem which inspired it is entitled ‘Une larme ou consolation’, and that sets the tone for this inexplicably neglected piece, very tightly constructed, whose greatness is perhaps occluded by its sheer delicacy. Cantique d’amour returns to the tonality and warmth of the Invocation, but on a more intimate footing—an effort, perhaps, to ally love of God to human affection.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990
|Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses|
'This is a fine recital, with a recording to match' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
|Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 7 – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses|
'Howard, catching the authentic tinge of hysteria, mounts swiftly upwards in an ecstasy that burns away awareness of mere notes' (Classic CD)» More
|Liszt: Complete Piano Music|
Leslie Howard’s recordings of Liszt’s complete piano music, on 99 CDs, is one of the monumental achievements in the history of recorded music. Remarkable as much for its musicological research and scholarly rigour as for Howard’s Herculean piano p ...» More
|Gina Bachauer – The first HMV recordings|
'Here is a noble tribute to a noble pianist. Gina Bachauer (1913-76) was an artist whose exultant virtuosity and unswerving musical honesty became one ...» More
|Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 2 – 9 March 1947|
|Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings|
'This invaluable reissue of discs dating from 1952-53 is a reminder of Jorge Bolet's early stature. The first-ever recording of Prokofiev's malignant, ...» More
|Liszt: Excerpts from Années de pèlerinage - Italie|
Pianist Llyr Williams, acclaimed soloist, accompanist and chamber musician chose to focus on virtuosic selections from Franz Liszt. Highly sought after as a performer in the United Kingdom, he was awarded a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2012 for h ...» More
|Liszt: Piano Sonata|
The Liszt Sonata is undoubtedly one of the peaks of the repertoire, and recordings are suitably copious, but when an artist of Hamelin’s virtuoso pedigree wishes to tackle it no excuse need be made for an additional version. This is a major Liszt ...» More
|Nikolai Demidenko live at Wigmore Hall|
'All these performances are a marvel of the most concentrated pianism, musical thought and emotion … sound and presentation are fully equal to a ...
'Here, captured all too rarely even in live recordings, is the raptly magical concentration exceptional to the adrenalin of a concert. Utter finesse, ...» More
|Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings|