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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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Sed iuvat interia tanti primordia partus,
nascentisque urbem volvere mente Dei;
quae domus excepit Dominum, quae regia Christum,
quae dedit infanti culcita blanda torum,
quae comites sacrae famulaeve fuere parenti,
qui puero cantus, qui sonuere modi:
nascitur in Bethleem, veteris sub culmine
nascentem nudum nuda receptat humus.
Fit Praesepe torus; hinc bos, hinc tardus asellus,
hinc tacitus pueri pendet in ora senex.
Iubilat alma parens, infantulus ore tenello
vagit, inauditis personat aethra modis.
Padre José de Anchieta (1533-1597)
But it is profitable to turn over in our minds the hidden origins
of this great birth, the town in which God was born;
what home received the Lord, what kingdom welcomed Christ,
what soft pillows formed a bed for the baby,
who were the companions and servants for his holy mother,
what songs there were for the child, what music played:
in Bethlehem he is born, under an old man’s roof
the bare earth cradles the naked baby.
The manger becomes his bed; here the ox, here the ass,
here the old man gazes in silence on the child’s features.
The loving mother rejoices, the infant from his tender mouth
utters cries, the air resounds with unheard music.