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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

16 January 2019

Clarke (R): Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata
Studio Master: CDA68253  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Natalie Clein proves a dramatic, wholehearted interpreter of the cello version of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata … the sonata positively sizzles in this performance … if you’re looking for high-octane performances of this repertoire, then make the Clein-Hadland duo your first port of call’ (MusicWeb International)» More
14 January 2019
Classical Ear, Andrew Achenbach
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 & other works
Studio Master: CDA68201  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A first-rate Saint-Saëns compendium, splendiferously engineered and stylishly performed by the Utah Symphony under its Swiss music director Thierry Fischer … hugely enjoyable stuff, and very strongly recommended’ (Classical Ear)» More

10 January 2019

Cardoso: Requiem, Lamentations, Magnificat & motets
Studio Master: CDA68252  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Sitivit anima mea brings the most rewards and … its poise and commitment do much to convey Cardoso’s superb artistry’ (Classical Source)
3 January 2019

Clarke (R): Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata
Studio Master: CDA68253  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Clein's performance [of the Clarke] … asserts itself with real cello playing … she latches on to the correct portamento style for the period, while observing good taste, and she gives a very passionate rendering of the opening movement’ (Classical Source)

3 January 2019
American Record Guide, Charles E. Brewer
Machaut: The gentle physician
Studio Master: CDA68206  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘As in all the earlier releases the booklet contains a very informative essay and complete texts and translations based on the new complete edition … the new recording of the Lay de Confort is particularly welcome’ (American Record Guide)
3 January 2019
American Record Guide, Rob Haskins
The Passinge mesures
Studio Master: CDA68249  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Mr Esfahani is an all-too-rare presence in the harpsichord world. First, he is erudite and indefatigable in his study of the context surrounding the music he plays. (His far-reaching liner notes excite me as much as his performance.) Second, he has amazing technique, amply illustrated by many tracks on this recording, including the notoriously fiendish Barafostus Dreame of Tomkins. And finally, he never allows the often doctrinaire world of historically-informed performance to interfere with his musical instincts and his search for a truly expressive solution to every phrase he plays … each performance is as close to perfection as I can imagine’ (American Record Guide)» More
1 January 2019

Brahms: Late Piano Works
Studio Master: CDA68226  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Ohlsson leaves the best till last. The Op 4 Scherzo, written when Brahms was just 18, has a driving excitement, a febrile quality that is thrilling. And, with his easy brand of virtuosity, he sounds right at home here … Ohlsson is very naturally recorded too’ (Gramophone)
1 January 2019

Cardoso: Requiem, Lamentations, Magnificat & motets
Studio Master: CDA68252  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘[Cardoso's] Requiem is a compelling work, especially when sung with this degree of commitment. It’s a quality that shines throughout the recording. The selection of motets is very satisfying … this is the first recording by Cupertinos for Hyperion and it is a pleasure to have a Portuguese ensemble tackle its native repertory’ (Gramophone)
1 January 2019

Clarke (R): Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata
Studio Master: CDA68253  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘[Clarke's] sonata reveals several new facets when played on the cello, the principal one being the new depth and physicality of the sound world. Clein makes the most of that, with a tonal palette that ranges from thick charcoal-black to muted pastels, beautifully controlled and shaped in the service of Clarke’s ardent musical narrative. The first movement is headed Impetuoso and throughout this disc Clein and Hadland never stint on commitment. In the second movement of Bridge’s wartime Cello Sonata, for example, the transition from uneasy calm to jagged, angst-ridden turmoil and on to soaring, impassioned lyricism is handled with poetry and passion. Clein is never afraid to let you hear the rasp of bow on string, and Hadland, too, knows how to make a climax thrillingly sonorous without overwhelming his partner … the acoustic is lucid, natural and intimate’ (Gramophone)
1 January 2019

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 & other works
Studio Master: CDA68201  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Thierry Fischer leads a superb, thoroughly enjoyable reading of Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony … there’s tremendous rhythmic vitality and verve in what serves as the scherzo, while the finale has muscle and bite … as well as glory and grandeur … Fischer seems to believe in every note [of La foi], and—as in the Organ Symphony—inspires fiercely committed playing from the orchestra throughout’ (Gramophone)
1 January 2019

Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 - Allan Clayton
Studio Master: CDA68179  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The quieter moments of these songs show Allan Clayton's voice at its best: smooth, tender and altogether alluring: the performance of 'Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh' is worthy both of the music and of Goethe's famous poem … the performers are alive to the drama in many of these songs’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 January 2019
Fanfare, USA, Jerome Weber
Machaut: The gentle physician
Studio Master: CDA68206  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The other major coup is Le lay de confort … a splendid performance, ranking among the best single Machaut songs on records … altogether, this series goes from strength to strength’ (Fanfare, USA)» More
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