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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

13 January 2022

Bach (CPE): Sonatas & Rondos
Studio Master: CDA68381/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Hamelin makes spirited cases for hearing this music more regularly, beginning with the A minor Sonata. In its final movement, he handles some geysering phrases with appropriate intensity, while lending others a teasing air. The contrasts come hard and fast, but Hamelin’s approach always sound well judged. As usual, Hyperion’s presentation is stellar, from the production sound to the liner notes (written by the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani)’ (The New York Times)
8 January 2022
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Bach (CPE): Sonatas & Rondos
Studio Master: CDA68381/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Brilliantly brought to life by Marc-André Hamelin … I really enjoyed the way he identifies with the complex demands of the music … Hamelin is the kind of modern pianist with the firepower to make the most of Emanuel Bach’s sudden switches of mood and timbre, and the unexpected endings, often at the most exhilarating speeds. Insightful booklet notes by Mahan Esfahani enhance the whole thing; it’s an effective recording as well’ (BBC Record Review)
1 January 2022
Classical Music Sentinel, Jean-Yves Duperron
Bach (CPE): Sonatas & Rondos
Studio Master: CDA68381/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Hamelin certainly brings out all the charm, finesse and refinement intrinsic to this music. Poise and perfectly judged dynamic balance between the hands, fluid phrasing and tempered rubato, all come together to do the music full justice. There's a tendency for music from that period to sound overly formulaic, but Hamelin doesn't see it that way. Each and every phrase, ornamentation, harmonic twist sound fresh, musical and innovative under his highly insightful interpretation’ (Classical Music Sentinel)
27 December 2021
CBC Music, Canada, Robert Rowat
Bach (CPE): Sonatas & Rondos
Studio Master: CDA68381/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The always interesting (and regularly surprising) Marc-André Hamelin adds to his massive catalogue with a double album of keyboard music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the most famous and prolific of Johann Sebastian's composer sons. Emanuel's music looks ahead to the slower harmonic rhythm and emotive style of later composers while retaining the lavish ornamentation of his father's generation (especially Scarlatti). While the album's notes were written by a harpsichordist (Mahan Esfahani), there's no one better than Hamelin to show how this music should be played on the modern piano. (Also, he's now only one generation away from making the J.S. Bach album we're still anxiously awaiting)’ (CBC Music, Canada)
17 December 2021
Audiophile Audition, USA, Fritz Balwit
Bach (CPE): Sonatas & Rondos
Studio Master: CDA68381/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is an all-time great tribute … Hamelin has of course an embarrassment of excess prowess when it comes to the technical demands of these pieces, but artistically they most certainly have his full attention. He finds something to communicate in every one. He is in no hurry to get through the program. He revels in the many little pauses, rhetorical flourishes, witty asides and pratfalls in which this music abounds. If I could listen to his playing with one other person in history, it would be Haydn, who would get all of the jokes … as always the Hyperion sound is unsurpassed. The sound stage is a perfect size for this most elegant of chamber music’ (Audiophile Audition, USA)
15 December 2021

French duets
Studio Master: CDA68329  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This album may class as amateur repertoire, but there is certainly nothing amateur about the pair's playing. This is a heaven-made partnership, with Dolly and Ma mère l'oye particularly shining through’ (Pianist)
15 December 2021

Love songs
Studio Master: CDA68341  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘An album full of colour, full of emotional intensity, and full of unabashed pathos. Highly recommended’ (Pianist)
11 December 2021
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
British solo cello music
Studio Master: CDA68373  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘I think it's a stunning performance of the Britten, filled with emotional conviction … it's a mesmerizing lockdown project’ (BBC Record Review)
1 December 2021

British solo cello music
Studio Master: CDA68373  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The performance itself [of the Britten Cello Suite] digs deep. This is, as he says, a meditation on mortality. Isserlis makes it huge, and terrifying, fired by an incandescent spirituality’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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1 December 2021

Chopin: Nocturnes
Studio Master: CDA68351/2  2CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘In answer to the reasonable question, ‘Who, at this late date, could have something fresh and original to say in the Chopin Nocturnes?’ this new Hyperion release persuasively answers, Stephen Hough does … [his] interpolations are unfailingly stylish and tasteful. His execution of dynamic and agogic indications is always faithful to the score, everywhere apt and effective. Meanwhile, during slightly less than two hours of listening, there are countless moments of heart-stopping beauty. Both its deeply considered, distinctive rethinking of canonic repertory and the sheer poetry of its execution make this a release that neither students of Chopin nor lovers of fine piano-playing will want to miss’ (Gramophone)
30 November 2021
Limelight, Australia, Steve Moffatt
Chopin: Nocturnes
Studio Master: CDA68351/2  2CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Chopin’s glorious singing melodies take wing under Hough’s fingers in this must-have collection’ (Limelight, Australia)» More

25 November 2021

Chopin: Nocturnes
Studio Master: CDA68351/2  2CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘As a particularly rich discography of the complete Nocturnes reminds us, the great interpreters of this music never confuse the melancholic with the sentimental. Stephen Hough is even more ‘objective’ than most while bringing pianistic poise to everything and breathing with lines that trace their ancestry to the bel canto aria … as anyone who follows the playing of this leading British pianist will know, Hough is fastidious about ornamentation and his attention to decorative detail is one of the hallmarks of this set … Hyperion’s new release offers a fuller-than-usual assortment of the posthumously published Nocturnes and those of dubious authorship, and Hough adds the embellished version of Op 9 No 2 as a perfectly judged encore’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More


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