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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Two contrasting vocal recitals offer fascinating perspectives on love, loss and desire six centuries apart. The Orlando Consort continues to explore the music of the fourteenth century with Machaut A burning heart. It is a particular pleasure to welcome soprano Sophie Bevan to the label in a wonderful late-Romantic programme of Reger Songs. She is partnered by Malcolm Martineau.
Linn Records welcomes back the sonorous viols of Phantasm for a new recording of Dowland Lachrimae, a work as pivotal in the history of music as it remains moving to this day. New to the Linn catalogue are two more of the group's earlier recordings for Avie: the first is the Five-Part Consorts by John Jenkins. Also re-issued this month are the Six-Part Consorts.
For Linn again, the pioneering Scottish Ensemble has fused a programme of Works for strings by Debussy & Takemitsu, two sound worlds of surprising synergy and well worth exploring. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra tackles Samuel Adler's Symphony No 6; the recording—also the work's first ever performance—being conducted by maestro José Serebrier and also including Adler's virtuosic Cello Concerto.
This month sees two divergent releases from LSO Live. The London Symphony Chorus directs its massed voices towards the Rachmaninov Vespers, one of the greatest contributions to Russian sacred music of all time. Simon Halsey conducts. Steve Reich's Clapping music & other works gives centre-stage to the LSO Percussion Ensemble in a riot of rhythmical expression.
On Signum Classics this month we have the Philharmonia Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi captured in a thrilling live recording of Schubert Symphony No 9, the 'Great' C major symphony which was to influence so many others. Naji Hakim continues his Hakim plays Hakim series, performing a globe-trotting second instalment of his works on the fabulous Schuke Organ in Bilbao.
Also on Signum, a new series from Malcolm Martineau invites us into the wonderful Complete Songs of Gabriel Fauré; a host of singers, including Ann Murray, Iestyn Davies and Joan Rodgers, contribute to this first volume. David Goode has recorded a second album in his Complete Bach Organ Works series, the varied programme drawing delicate intricacies in sound from the organ of Trinity College Cambridge.