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Hyperion has won two prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards this year. Described in the magazine's original review as 'a ferocious new talent', Andrey Gugnin's recording of Preludes & Piano Sonatas by Dmitri Shostakovich—his debut recording, no less—has triumphed against fierce competition in the instrumental category. In the vocal category, Nicky Spence and Julius Drake have received the award for their recording of Janáček The diary of one who disappeared, 'a magnificent realisation of a viscerally rewarding work'. Congratulations to all.

This month's new releases

The brooding, troubled presence of the two Shostakovich Violin Concertos casts a long shadow over post-War musical history, their formidable technical and emotional reach a real test of any soloist's mettle. These accounts from Alina Ibragimova are simply astonishing, while her accompanists—Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov'—bring their own unique sensibility to this music. Mandatory listening, and a thrilling Record of the Month for June. More great string playing comes from Lawrence Power in Sir James MacMillan's Symphony No 4 & Viola Concerto, works which demonstrate that there is still plenty of life in these most traditional of musical forms when a composer has profoundly important things to say. Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Philharmonic are in complete command of both scores.

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Garrick Ohlsson and the Takács Quartet present an inspired and unexpected coupling of the Elgar & Beach Piano Quintets: two early twentieth-century masterpieces written at the height of their composers' powers here receiving performances which have never been bettered. Reflection and remembrance are threaded movingly throughout Parry Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood, a programme of music mostly dating from World War I. This is a choral tradition to which the voices of Westminster Abbey Choir bring a natural, idiomatic authority, especially when conducted by James O'Donnell.

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David Goode triumphantly concludes his Signum Classics cycle of The Complete Bach Organ Works, this fourteenth instalment from the Metzler console of Trinity College Cambridge comprising the life-affirming third book of the Clavierübung. The Ural Philharmonic and conductor Alexey Bogorad make a second appearance on the label with the Cello Concerto and Concerto for turntables No 1 by Gabriel Prokofiev, two works every bit as contrasting as their titles might suggest.

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Sturm und Drang, Vol. 1 is a vivacious new album from The Mozartists and their director Ian Page. With music by Gluck and Haydn, and the rather less familiar Jommelli, Beck and Traetta—as well as hair-raising contributions from soprano Chiara Skerath—this Signum recording more than demonstrates how the 'shock and awe' aims of this primarily literary movement quickly inspired creatives in other fields.

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From Signum Classics this month we have a new album of Solo piano music by Leoš Janáček. The composer's three major works for the instrument are here performed by Thomas Adès, as highly respected a pianist as he is conductor and composer, and winner of the 2018 Janáček Prize. Cantos sagrados is a showcase for the wonderful National Youth Choir of Scotland. Under the direction of Christopher Bell they perform a programme of music by James MacMillan and Thea Musgrave alongside classics of the repertoire by Whitacre, Ešenvalds, Tippett and Biebl.

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LSO Live is issuing a further volume in a series which champions the music of the future. Twelve composers are featured on The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 3—twelve individual voices, each earning the committed attention of the London Symphony Orchestra and an indefatigable François-Xavier Roth.

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Other releases

Hyperion sampler - June 2020 Vol. 1
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Hyperion sampler - May 2020 Vol. 2
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