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.

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDH55364

Stella maris illustrans omnia

14th century; Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, MS 334
author of text

Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor)
Recording details: January 1999
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 2 minutes 14 seconds

Cover artwork: The Howard Psalter, London (1310-1320).
The British Library

Other recordings available for download

Gothic Voices
William Towers (tenor), Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber (conductor)
This type of composition is generally referred to as a cantilena, a freely composed piece in three parts based on a non-liturgical text, taking its musical style from the manner of chant elaboration favouring parallel first-inversion triads, the so-called descant style. Whilst some cantilenas are notable for their rhythmic flexibility, this early fourteenth-century piece contains an unusually high degree of chromatic writing. The eight strophes of text are set in pairs to four sections of music, the final two of which are the most intense. The third section features parallel root-position triads moving by semitone (C minor to B minor) and a sudden shift of focus towards the triad of A flat before a return to the home triad of F. Although the score leaves little room for ambiguity concerning the notes themselves there are two possible rhythmic interpretations of the music: the only published edition of the work (in Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century, vol. xvii) presents the music in compound time, but Christopher Hodkinson’s edition favours duple time.

from notes by Geoffrey Webber © 2006

Other albums featuring this work

All the ends of the earth
SIGCD070Download only
Mary star of the sea
Studio Master: CKD541Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...