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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

2 July 2022
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Ries: Piano Trio & Sextets
Studio Master: CDA68380  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It’s a powerful piece [the Grand Sextet] with an almost concerto-like piano part, presumably written for Ries himself to perform. Simon Crawford-Phillips does the honours in this new recording with The Nash Ensemble and they bring Ries out of Beethoven’s shadow with these substantial rediscoveries. Excellent performances’ (BBC Record Review)
2 July 2022

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Studio Master: CDA68377  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The piano playing is powerfully expressive—Drake is as much a narrator here as Finley, always following the flow of the water, while Finley seems to become almost more expressive as he gets quieter, always with a lovely sense of line and colour. They’re so finely attuned to one another’s musicianship, it gives them a freedom to be themselves yet never expressively out of synch. I thought Finley and Drake’s Winterreise eight years ago was exceptional: this is just as good’ (BBC Music Magazine)
1 July 2022

Bolcom: The complete rags
Studio Master: CDA68391/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Bolcom is lucky in having such a musician to provide him with these authoritative accounts of his music. Individual rags will undoubtedly pop up on recital discs from time to time (at least, they should) but any further ‘Complete Rags’ will be completely redundant. Hamelin’s razor-sharp rhythmic acuity and precise accentuation in tandem with his customary nonchalant dexterity would, on their own, be sufficient for the success of this release, but there are other things: a sophisticated palette, a deep tenderness, a mischievous sense of humour and the chameleon’s ability to convince you that he is not a classical pianist but, first and foremost, a successor to James P Johnson. There is more. I doubt if there’s another pianist on the planet who, after giving us a revelatory two-disc survey of CPE Bach, could so adroitly turn his attention to late 20th-century ragtime. The man is a miracle. Another Gramophone Award nomination beckons’ (Gramophone)
1 July 2022

Schubert: 21 Songs
Studio Master: CDA68169  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Songs such as ‘An Silvia’ and ‘Der Musensohn’ can seem a bit twee in certain performances; with Coote, that’s not possible, with her use of colour giving the songs an emotional narrative. She doesn’t sugar-coat anything. ‘Erlkönig’ has a heart-in-mouth intensity, while the beloved ‘Im Frühling’ isn’t sung just as a pastoral study with some dark clouds but as an inexorable slide into sorrow. Even ‘Ständchen’ has an underlying tension alluding to the kind of trembling that is mentioned in the final moment — ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’ goes quite deep and dark, the voice of death being half whispered, benevolent but not open to negotiation, the final note having an almost baritonal colouring, underscored by the funeral-march pace used by pianist Julius Drake. In all selections, he is with her all the way, with generous (though not extravagant) tempo changes and eloquent tone colours that support what she is out to convey’ (Gramophone)
1 July 2022

Vivaldi & Piazzolla: The mandolin seasons
Studio Master: CDA68357  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Reuven’s mandolin take on The Four Seasons’ famously virtuoso violin solos presents a panoply of colours, thanks to a holy trinity of a modern instrument, his own mandolin technique, based on Europe’s various violin schools, and shedloads of imagination. Listen to the shaping, shading and variety of his embellishments in the solos in the first movement of Vivaldi’s Spring. And these qualities then equally feed his Piazzolla arrangements (each movement of which follows its corresponding Vivaldi one); the double-stopped glissandos with which he opens Piazzolla’s Summer are properly exciting … in a steadily expanding catalogue of Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons offerings, this has brought something genuinely unique and worthwhile to the table’ (Gramophone)
30 June 2022
The Guardian, Erica Jeal
Ries: Piano Trio & Sextets
Studio Master: CDA68380  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Nash Ensemble’s performance [of the Grand Sextet] comes alive because the other musicians never quite seem to accept their secondary status, challenging the pianist Benjamin Frith with playing that bristles with pent-up energynbsp;… W what stands out, though, is the Sextet in G minor. This time the lineup is harp, piano, clarinet, bassoon, horn and double bass, an unusual group that offered Ries some intriguing sonorities, especially when juxtaposing piano and harp. It’s a rewarding piece, and you won’t hear it more persuasively played than this’ (The Guardian)» More

28 June 2022
Limelight, Australia, Greg Keane
Schubert: Piano Sonatas D664, 769a & 894
Studio Master: CDA68370  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This CD catapults Hough into the stratosphere of contemporary Schubert performers: phrasing and dynamics are scrupulously but unobtrusively observed and the sound from the Henry Wood Hall London (April 2020, just as the pandemic was beginning to take hold) is warm and vivid. A Schubert CD for the ages’ (Limelight, Australia)» More

27 June 2022
ArtMuseLondon, Frances Wilson
Schubert: Piano Sonatas D664, 769a & 894
Studio Master: CDA68370  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Sonata in A, D664, is wholly delightful, Schubert at his most good-humoured. The affable first movement sings in Hough’s hands, while the second movement is thoughtful, poignant and tender, marked by gently sighing phrases. The sunny mood is soon restored in the finale, to which Hough brings a joyful light-heartedness with its tumbling scales and dance-like passages … there’s an intimacy and warmth to the piano sound which perfectly suits Schubert’s introspection, while a bright but sweet treble brings a lovely clarity to the melody lines and highlights Hough’s deftness of touch. Recommended’ (ArtMuseLondon)
25 June 2022
BBC Record Review, Natasha Loges
Vivaldi & Piazzolla: The mandolin seasons
Studio Master: CDA68357  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Do we really need another recording of The Four Seasons? Well, I think we’ve got enough room in our hearts for another one, especially when it’s as unusual as this … this is a concept that has been experimented with many times, the combination of the four seasons of Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla, but I do think that the instruments give us something new and fresh here … the reputation of the instrument is transformed through recordings like this, which show exactly how versatile that sound world is … I think it works: it sounds like they’re having a terrific time, and they move seamlessly between the different sound worlds’ (BBC Record Review)
24 June 2022

Hahn: Poèmes & Valses
Studio Master: CDA68383  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Kolesnikov’s idea of having the Yamaha CDX tuned ‘to maximise the extreme sensitivity of the keys, with closely positioned microphones’ works extremely well, and his control at piano and below is faultless … fans of the composer cannot but be happy to listen to a less familiar side of his talent’ (BBC Music Magazine)

24 June 2022

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Studio Master: CDA68377  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The best performances of Die Schöne Mullerin demand three things: a singer with an instinct for drama, a pianist who hears the world that Schubert makes for his young Miller through his fingers and, above all, a partnership in which singer and pianist are as one … Drake and Finley are hand in voice throughout the cycle, yet always understanding that either partner may sing their own song. The four-note lute melody in the piano part in ‘Pause’ hinting at the idea of a serenade becomes ever more unsettling, and when Finley lightens his tone, hoping for the best, the pianist knows better. A magnificent recording’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

22 June 2022
Ludwig Van, Canada
Ries: Piano Trio & Sextets
Studio Master: CDA68380  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘These performances clearly brought much pleasure to members of the Nash Ensemble, among them violinist Stephanie Gonley, violist Lawrence Power, clarinettist Richard Hosford and cellist Adrian Brendel. The two pianists—Benjamin Frith and Simon Crawford-Phillips—lead the line with an enthusiasm verging on recklessness. It makes you wonder if this is the kind of joy that music awoke in the informal 1820s gatherings of London’s Philharmonic Society’ (Ludwig Van, Canada)

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