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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The Orlando Consort has performed at many of Britain’s top festivals (including the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival) and has in recent years made visits to France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the USA and Canada, South America, Singapore, Japan, Greece, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Portugal and Spain. The Consort’s impressive discography includes a collection of music by John Dunstaple and ‘The Call of the Phoenix’, which were selected as Early Music CDs of the Year by Gramophone in 1996 and 2003 respectively; their CDs of music by Compère, Machaut, Ockeghem, Josquin, ‘Popes and Anti-Popes’, ‘Saracen and Dove’ and ‘Passion’ have also all been shortlisted. Their 2008 release of Machaut’s Messe de Notre Dame and Scattered Rhymes, an outstanding new work by the young British composer Tarik O’Regan and featuring the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, was shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine award. Their ongoing series of the polyphonic songs of Guillaume de Machaut, now six records strong, has received consistently high praise, including multiple ‘Editor’s choice’ recommendations in the UK and international press.
The Consort’s performances also embrace the spheres of contemporary music and improvisation: to date they have performed over thirty premieres and they have created striking collaborations with the jazz group Perfect Houseplants and, for a project exploring historic Portuguese and Goan music, the brilliant tabla player Kuljit Bhamra. Recent concert highlights have included a return visit to New York’s Carnegie Hall and performances in Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Spain. The group is currently touring Europe and the USA with a grand new project presenting Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc with a soundscape of music from the period in which the film is set, namely the early fifteenth century.