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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

7 August 2020

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

‘These singers are always nicely in tune and effectively blended, especially in the slower movements of the Mass where they strongly project the chordal colouring in the 'Qui tollis' and perfectly intensify the false relations in the first Agnus’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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7 August 2020

Musique?
Studio Master: CDA68287  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Harpsichord soloist Mahan Esfahani has made something of a name for himself as an enfant terrible of early music. His dazzling performances and imaginative recital programmes have forged his reputation as an artist to be reckoned with, and this compelling new disc of contemporary music—described by Esfahani as 'the culmination of years of thinking about under-served areas of harpsichord repertoire'—finds him on suitably fiery form … a passionate and gifted advocate of new music’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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7 August 2020

Rubbra & Bliss: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68297  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Edmund Rubbra's Piano Concerto in G is something special … Piers Lane's solo playing throughout is a phenomenon of tireless technical strength, always beautifully aligned to each work's different style, and with classy orchestral support at every point’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 August 2020

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

‘Since their inception, Cinquecento have shone a light on the Imperial Habsburg court, which hitherto had warranted barely a metaphorical footnote in music history. Thanks to this Vienna-based ensemble, we now know that the court boasted some exceptional composers … while the album’s tenor is undeniably solemn, their sonority, soft and intimate yet full, gives real pleasure. Of all their recordings devoted to ‘minor masters’, this strikes me as one of the finest’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2020

MacMillan: Symphony No 4 & Viola Concerto
Studio Master: CDA68317  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Both the solo viola’s effervescent and introspective qualities are brought vividly to the surface in a subtly graded and nuanced performance by Lawrence Power. By comparison, MacMillan’s Symphony No 4 at times resembles a supercharged concerto for orchestra, with each instrument given its moment to shine … the listener is taken on an eclectic journey that draws on everything from Renaissance polyphony to Mahler, Shostakovich and Andriessen. The transitions are smoother on this recording under Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Philharmonic’ (Gramophone)
30 July 2020

Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68291/3  3CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Stephen Hough’s playing is a delight. He has a superb technique and tosses off the most awkward passages with aplomb, but that is almost taken for granted nowadays, where so many pianists have fine technical skills. However, that is just the beginning; he observes Beethoven’s instructions closely, as for example in the differences between forte, sforzando and fortissimo or between staccato, semi-staccato and legato phrasing. He balances the often chunky chords with great care. Both he and Lintu offer very clean playing, often light and limpid, and Hough uses the pedal sparingly … the performances of the first three concertos are very good, but those of the last two are even better. In fact, I don’t know when I last enjoyed them so much … there are many excellent recordings of the Beethoven concertos, and listeners can usually please themselves with the choice of soloist, orchestra and conductor. However, if you choose this one you will be very happy with it. It is a winner’ (MusicWeb International)» More
27 July 2020
Classics Today, Jed Distler
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68295  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It’s the Amy Beach Quintet that truly matters, and the Ohlsson/Takács team has given us a reference recording to savor’ (Classics Today)» More
21 July 2020

Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68307  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘These performances by members of the Nash Ensemble are full of fire and vigour, with no shortage of expressive nuance when called for. The recording is up to Hyperion’s high standards and the booklet has helpful notes … if you want to leave Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn out of it, or simply want to explore some fine early romantic chamber music, this will do very well. I have been delighted to make the acquaintance of these fine compositions and can thoroughly recommend this coupling’ (MusicWeb International)» More
20 July 2020

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

‘Cinquecento, five men from five countries, have made a happy habit of presenting choral works by little-known and even often forgotten figures. They have come up with many gems, and here they have largely done so again … there is some gorgeous singing here and the blend of the voices is immaculate and sensitive’ (MusicWeb International)» More
20 July 2020

Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood
Studio Master: CDA68301  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Looking for spiritual consolation in troubled times? Look no further. The Choir of Westminster Abbey could hardly have timed this release any better, coming at a time of lockdown when many of us are considering what really matters in life and looking for something deeper … the sound of the recording is part of what makes it special. For one thing, using boys' voices makes a massive difference—you definitely wouldn’t mistake these for adult females—and James O’Donnell’s shaping of the sound shows his familiarity with both the music’s shape and the tradition in which the composers were writing. Furthermore, the quality of the recording gives the music and more ethereal, slightly distanced feel. This is contemplation of the divine from a reverent distance, giving the music a spirituality that I found really compelling … it’s hard to imagine any ecclesiastical choir singing this music any better’ (MusicWeb International)» More
18 July 2020
TheArtsDesk.com, Graham Rickson
Shostakovich: Violin Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68313  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Ibragimova’s is a fabulous performance [of No 1] … Jurowski draws wonderfully dark, stark sonorities from his Moscow players: sample the great passacaglia’s opening and flinch, the basses and cellos really digging in. It’s one of the greatest movements in any 20th-century concerto, Ibragimova commanding and consoling by turns. Terrific … Ibragimova is superb in the last movement cadenza [of No 2], the lopsided dash to the finishing line as chilling as it is funny (listen to what she does 7’ 25” in, seconds before the final bars). You’ll need a sit down afterwards’ (TheArtsDesk.com)» More
11 July 2020
BBC Record Review, Gillian Moore
Musique?
Studio Master: CDA68287  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Mahan Esfahani—he’s just such an amazing force and a polemicist for the harpsichord … because although he’s brilliant at Bach he refuses to let the harpsichord remain in an ‘Early Music’ box, and he’s a great commissioner and performer of new music … really good recorded sound as well … it’s brilliantly done’ (BBC Record Review)
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