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Recent reviews

13 June 2024
The Absolute Sound, USA
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The main work here is the vast and astonishing G Major Quartet. Composed in 1826, it is close kin to the Quintet in C, D 956, having the same expansiveness, the same three key-area first movement exposition, and speaking things utterly new to the language of chamber music—like the unearthly crescendos on long notes, and the Brucknerian tremolos played, seemingly, on a single hair of the bow. You sense, to paraphrase Stefan George's Rapture, that you really are feeling the air of a different planet. The Takács foursome make the whole piece interesting, similarly the early B flat quartet, with a welcome unanimity of gesture and attack. Excellent sound’ (The Absolute Sound, USA)
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13 June 2024
The Spectator, Damian Thompson
Busoni: Late Piano Music
Studio Master: CDA67951/3  3CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Marc-André Hamelin powers through this tour de force [the Giga, bolero e variazione] in under four minutes—one of the miracles of the recorded repertoire’ (The Spectator)
11 June 2024
Rondo Classic, Finland, Antti Häyrynen
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68424  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Griegin sarja Hollbergin ajoilta on alun perin pianoteos, vaikka se tunnetaan paremmin säveltäjän versiona jousiorkesterille. Andrei Gugnin tunkeutuu norjalaiseen sielun- ja vuonomaisemaan virtuoosisesti virittyneenä ja romanttisesti latautuneena. Näytelmäkirjailija Ludwig Hollbergin vanhoja hyviä aikoja 1700-luvulla muisteleva sarja kuulostaa tässä aidosti pianistiselta ja nostalgiselta, paikoin sentimentaaliseltakin' (Rondo Classic, Finland)
10 June 2024
Limelight, Australia, Steve Moffatt
Russian Variations
Studio Master: CDA68428  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Australia’s foremost pianist Piers Lane is a busy man … his extensive catalogue of albums for Hyperion is being expanded with the release of this magical collection of Russian variations on folk tunes from four composers … Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Chopin need little introduction. In just under 30 minutes, he squeezes the pips out of Chopin’s C minor Prelude No 20. Lane’s performance here, as elsewhere on this superb disc, is exemplary’ (Limelight, Australia)» More

7 June 2024
The Times, Geoff Brown
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The [Takács Quartet's] defining qualities—fire, poetry, clarity, balance—never change. The principal work on their latest release is Schubert's String Quartet No 15—one of his most grandiose. It's spellbinding from the opening, when a tussle between major and minor keys gives way to a calm landscape pre-echoing passages in Bruckner symphonies. Schubert springs surprises, but the Takács players take everything in their stride’ (The Times)

1 June 2024

Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68424  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Gugnin ripples his way through the Holberg Suite in its original piano solo guise, radiating poise, affection and respect for its Golden Age retrospection … Gugnin lavishes immense sympathy and finesse on [the Ballade], keeping a close eye on the balance and emotional logic of the variations, and making a persuasive case that its absence from the concert hall is very much our loss … the Lyric Pieces, it might be thought, need no special advocacy, given the standards set over the years by the likes of Gilels, Andsnes, Hough and Kozhukhin. But advocacy can take many forms, and Gugnin’s is as special as anyone’s as he follows Grieg’s flights of fancy into nature, mood-pictures and dreamscapes with equal acuity’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2024

Padovano: Missa A la dolc' ombra & Missa Domine a lingua dolosa
Studio Master: CDA68407  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Cinquecento as one of the current premiere all-male vocal ensembles find much beauty and intricacy in Padovano’s ‘highly consonant’ style, reminding me that I once wrote: 'Their sound is reminiscent of The Hilliard Ensemble, particularly in the delightful interplay of their two well-matched tenors and the warmth of the overall blend captured through a close, warm recording technique'. This still holds today, as the ensemble’s skilful blend is a happy marriage to Padovano’s ars perfecta flow. They also handle transition moments well, as best heard in the opening Kyrie of Missa A la dolc’ ombra, which cadences on a shimmering top-heavy chord so that the Christe section feels inevitable … Cinquecento at their best’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2024
Stereophile, Jason Victor Serinus
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Having heard the Takács Quartet live on multiple occasions … I've come to expect beauty and emotional eloquence from this ensemble. This recording delivers’ (Stereophile)
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1 June 2024

La Hèle: Missa Praeter rerum seriem & works by Manchicourt, Payen & Rogier
Studio Master: CDA68439  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The great strength of this recording is the transparency of its textures, which allows the parts to come through individually while preserving the monumentality that such a scoring obviously motivates—all the more remarkable given the size of the choir, which is large by modern standards in this repertoire (nearly 40-strong). That is due to canny direction and a bright acoustic, which together achieve a sound strongly reminiscent of Cupertinos. That will be recommendation enough to lovers of Iberian (or indeed Franco-Flemish) polyphony … the clarity and precision of these interpretations is very satisfying’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2024

Russian Variations
Studio Master: CDA68428  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The meatiest and finest work here—also the best played—is the Rachmaninov, which Lane executes with transparently more freedom and pure relish. There is much to admire here, from the judicious pacing and depth of tone to the way he plays the heartbreaking Var 16 (one of the composer’s loveliest inspirations) and the exultant conclusion. For once, we get the presto final-page ending, which is surely what the work deserves’ (Gramophone)
30 May 2024
The Guardian, Andrew Clements
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Of course, it almost goes without saying that technically the performance [of D887] is as precise as ever, and the account of the rather Haydnesque B flat quartet D112 that’s also on the disc is a model of good manners’ (The Guardian)

27 May 2024
musica Dei donum, Johan Van Veen
Sacred treasures of Venice
Studio Master: CDA68427  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This undoubtedly is a very fine choir, and it is nice that it has been given the opportunity to present itself by the Hyperion label. I hope that there is more to come’ (musica Dei donum)
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