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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

17 October 2019

Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria
Studio Master: CDA68274  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is an excellent disc, with The Binchois Consort in brilliant voice throughout. They are unfailingly well-balanced and controlled—the warm polyphony is expertly and clearly enunciated, whilst the tempos bring out the best from the music. The recorded sound is excellent, while the booklet notes, only in English, are informative and valuable. Full Latin texts and English translations also included’ (MusicWeb International)» More
15 October 2019

Shostakovich: Preludes & Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68267  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Gugnin’s Russian pedigree and clear affinity with Shostakovich’s music is potently in evidence throughout this well-filled disc … this is one of the finest piano discs to come my way this year, and Andrey Gugnin is a name I shall certainly be looking out for in future’ (MusicWeb International)» More
10 October 2019
Kerk & Leven, Belgium, Erik de Smet
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 8 - Harriet Burns
Studio Master: CDJ33128  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Ditmaal brengt sopraan Harriet Burns Sechs Gesänge Opus 7, van toen de componist amper twintig jaar oud was. De andere geselecteerde werken bieden een reis door de rest van ’s mans carrière. Topwerk op deze schijf is een selectie uit de volksliederen met pianobegeleiding Wo033, gepubliceerd in 1894. Brahms was een van de eersten die volksmuziek naar waarde schatte. Hij beschouwde de 49 liederen als toppunt van zijn kunnen' (Kerk & Leven, Belgium)
10 October 2019

Stanford: A Song of Agincourt & other works
Studio Master: CDA68283  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘But there is nevertheless a hidden gem concealed in these settings, in the shape of the central slow movement Fairy Noon where Stanford reduces his treatment of the words to a slow choral background over which woodwind solos unfold in an atmosphere that positively reeks of Delius at his idyllic summer best. At times I was reminded of the noon-tide rhapsody in A Mass of Life, and although the final movement Fairy Night with its lullaby and scherzo-like interludes has charm this central impression is something quite special … this piece does not deserve its long neglect … the performances are generally excellent … the balance the engineers have obtained in the Ulster Hall is clean and precise’ (MusicWeb International)
8 October 2019

Pfitzner & Braunfels: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68258  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Markus Becker plays [the Pfitzner] superbly and confidently throughout even in the most heavily scored passages, and the orchestra under Constantin Trinks are responsive and idiomatic … again Becker is a tower of strength, and Trinks is responsive; the timpani in the finale of the Braunfels have a real sense of fun. The recording is excellent … another feather in the cap of Hyperion’s ongoing and illuminating series of romantic piano concertos’ (MusicWeb International)» More
5 October 2019
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Chopin: Impromptus, waltzes & mazurkas
Studio Master: CDA68273  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Here’s a new Chopin recital from pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, and after his first volume of Chopin a couple of years ago I’d buy this new one just for a chance to hear more of Kolesnikov’s exquisite way with Chopin … a delicious sequence of confections, one of the most enjoyable Chopin recitals I’ve heard in a while’ (BBC Record Review)
5 October 2019
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Shostakovich: Preludes & Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68267  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Anyone who thinks that Shostakovich’s Op 34 Preludes are insubstantial miniatures needs to hear this next new recording. It’s from a young Russian pianist, Andrey Gugnin, and he impresses immediately with the range of colours, dynamics and temperatures he’s able to conjure so quickly which brings every one of these character studies brilliantly to life … stunningly precise fingerwork … but so much more than that as well … it’s totally compelling’ (BBC Record Review)
4 October 2019

Prokofiev: Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto
Studio Master: SIGCD584  Download only NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Neither concerto on this enjoyable album departs from inherited concepts of concerto form, or from recognizably classical idioms; while both incorporate elements of jazz, disco, hip-hop and more, their style is distinctly post-minimal with homages to Stravinsky and others—including, as it happens, the composer’s grandfather, Sergei Prokofiev’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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4 October 2019
Opera Lounge, Germany, Rüdiger Winter
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 8 - Harriet Burns
Studio Master: CDJ33128  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

„Alles in allem offenbart die Programmauswahl die Stärken ihres durch und durch lyrischen Soprans, der wunderbar aufblühen kann wie in den beseelten „Sechs Gesängen“ op. 7, in denen auch Gedichte von Eichendorff und Uhland vertont wurden. Sie sind deutsche Romantik pur, und Harriet Burns offenbart einen tiefen Sinn und eine Begabung für derlei Repertoire“ (Opera Lounge, Germany)
4 October 2019

Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68200  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Here we have a real partnership: they phrase and seem to breathe together. They can also show great restraint … Brahms may require a good deal of weight, particularly in the piano parts, but he benefits from an approach which does not aim to squeeze out all the sentiment but uses suggestion and nuance. In the G major work, they offer gentle playing with a lift to the rhythm in the first movement and an excellent build up to the climax of the development. They keep the slow movement moving and the mysterious passage towards the end is particularly finely realized. The finale is tender and fragile with no sense of rush … there are, of course, many other recordings of the Brahms violin sonatas, including such classics as Suk with Katchen and Perlman with Ashkenazy. This is a worthy successor and will give much pleasure’ (MusicWeb International)» More
4 October 2019

Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68200  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Readings alive to the easeful flow of Sonata No 1, the distilled songfulness of No 2, and, especially, the plaintive restlessness of No 3’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 October 2019

Shostakovich: Preludes & Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68267  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Everything is met with unfaltering assurance, vividness and command … Emil Gilels, whose magisterial recording of the Second Sonata is formidably authoritative, would surely have been among the first to praise Gugnin’s performance’ (International Piano)» More
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