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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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Recent reviews

22 January 2021

Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen & Studies
Studio Master: CDA68303  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This delightful disc is a treasure chest of lesser-known works given beautifully attentive performances from the acclaimed young pianist Nicolas Namoradze’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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22 January 2021

Machaut: The lion of nobility
Studio Master: CDA68318  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Guillaume de Machaut (c1300-77) took special care for the preservation of his output, having his collected works copied into a series of lavish presentation manuscripts—the vocal contents of which the Orlando Consort have been steadily recording for Hyperion since 2012 … most exciting is the final motet Tant doucement m’ont attrait in which, over a slow bass line, the top parts challenge and dodge one another at the double’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

22 January 2021

Vida breve
CDA68260  RECORD OF THE MONTH Available Friday 29 January 2021 

‘To call this a concept album would be to diminish its power and timeliness. It is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with Death, for which Hough has laid out his pieces and pawns in a masterstroke of programming … there is a poised and noble feel to Hough’s Chopin, subtly embellished as it is with effortless rubatos. Listen to the Trio section of the Scherzo for a masterclass in unselfconscious artistry. Or marvel at the natural flowing tempo for the Funeral March, supporting a cinematographic contrast of ever more invasive death knells and subdued mourning … two of Hough’s own arrangements, of a Korean traditional song and of Gounod/Bach, are at once transcendental and defiant: checkmate Death’ (Gramophone)
21 January 2021

Machaut: The lion of nobility
Studio Master: CDA68318  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A confident exploration of Machaut’s gently beautiful and restrained world … the Orlando Consort’s freshness, enthusiasm and colourful precision make it a truly distinguished collection. It’s hard to think that anyone new to such repertoire will not be impressed by the clarity and force of these singers … a persuasive introduction to Machaut’ (MusicWeb International)» More
15 January 2021

Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen & Studies
Studio Master: CDA68303  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is a most welcome new CD capturing four works which do not appear to have been recorded in full elsewhere. The playing throughout is masterful’ (MusicWeb International)» More
14 January 2021
Classics Today, David Hurwitz
Elmas: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68319  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The piano writing glitters under Howard Shelley’s nimble fingers, and the final impression is that of good, clean fun … fans of romantic piano concertos will find plenty to enjoy, aided and abetted by Hyperion’s typically fine engineering’ (Classics Today)
14 January 2021
Limelight, Australia, Paul Ballam-Cross
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Studio Master: CDA68338  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The faster variations flash by with a quicksilver wit, deftly showcasing Kolesnikov’s ease with this music … a wonderfully detailed and thought-out performance … it’s excellent’ (Limelight, Australia)

13 January 2021

Elmas: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68319  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is the 82nd issue in Hyperion’s wonderful 'The Romantic Piano Concerto' series; many of these discs have given me a lot of pleasure, and this one contains melodious works from the pen of a composer who, as far as I am aware, is unknown outside his native Armenia … the playing and recording are fine, and once again, virtuoso Howard Shelley directs from the keyboard. This CD makes a fine addition to Hyperion’s series of concerto recordings’ (MusicWeb International)» More
12 January 2021

Cleve: Missa Rex Babylonis & other works
Studio Master: CDA68241  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This disc once again proves that we know only a tip of the iceberg of renaissance polyphony. Hardly any music by Cleve is available on disc, which is surprising considering its excellent quality, and the importance of Cleve in his own time. Cinquecento has done any lover of this kind of repertoire a great favour by delivering such superb performances. Like I said, it is one of the main ensembles in this repertoire, and their status is well deserved. These five voices blend perfectly, and the singers show a supreme command of legato. At the same time, they do everything necessary to make sure that the text is clearly understandable, even in pieces with a dense texture. There is some fine and effective dynamic shading, and particularly crucial episodes are nicely emphasized’ (MusicWeb International)» More
8 January 2021

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5 & Scenes adapted from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
Studio Master: CDA68325  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is the finest modern recording of the Symphony I have heard … a triumph for all concerned. We should be grateful’ (MusicWeb International)» More
1 January 2021

Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen & Studies
Studio Master: CDA68303  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A terrific pianist (Georgian by nationality, b1992) with all the colouristic and stylistic attributes one could wish for allied to a formidable technique, the kind of musician whose artistry is like a compelling novel where you can hardly wait for what comes next … performances that lovers of high-octane pianism will want to snap up … superbly recorded and performed with such distinction, this release must be an early Awards nominee’ (Gramophone)
1 January 2021

Elmas: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68319  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The redoubtable Howard Shelley once again proves himself the piano world’s St Jude: the passionate advocate of the Romantic concerto repertoire’s lost causes. The pianist’s nuanced and sweeping phrasing, his wide dynamic range and his perpetually singing tone convey both urgency and nobility to the point where he convinces you that this is great music. He also elicits hearty playing from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with balances that bring the winds and brass to the forefront … Shelley’s persuasive performances are self-recommending to those who’ve been steadfastly collecting each volume’ (Gramophone)
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