27 May 2024
musica Dei donum, Johan Van Veen
Sacred treasures of Venice
Studio Master: CDA68427  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This undoubtedly is a very fine choir, and it is nice that it has been given the opportunity to present itself by the Hyperion label. I hope that there is more to come’ (musica Dei donum)
25 May 2024
Yorkshire Times, Andrew Palmer
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
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‘Gugnin’s touch in the Lyric Pieces, in which he has chosen to play the complete Opp 43 and 62 sets, brings out all the magic with an alluring charisma … the recital creates a reflective and reassuring elegance with his technical dexterity in these enchanting miniatures’ (Yorkshire Times)
25 May 2024
Yorkshire Times, Andrew Palmer
Padovano: Missa A la dolc' ombra & Missa Domine a lingua dolosa
Studio Master: CDA68407  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The singing on this disc is as arresting as the cover illustration. Cinquecento, like a finely tuned engine, has calibrated its ensemble with flawless precision, resulting in magnificent performances and an opulent blend that consistently impresses’ (Yorkshire Times)
24 May 2024

Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
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‘Gugnin’s velocity in the Holberg Suite’s opening Prelude is complemented by ample time for colour and inflection, while in the Andante religioso, the nodal and expressive centre of the suite, there is a glowing response to the near-Franckian chromaticism and harmonic richness. Here, in particular, there is a reminder that for the finest Russian pianists there is no division between vocal and instrumental writing. From Gugnin the ‘singing’ lines of this haunting Aria are made unforgettable … Andrey Gugnin is a true poet of the keyboard and his commitment shines through in every bar’ (International Piano)
22 May 2024
New Liturgical Movement, Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
Sacred treasures of Venice
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‘It is a splendid thing to compile and record an album of late Renaissance Venetian choral music, especially since the ordinary forces of parish choirs (and even cathedral choirs) can only occasionally muster enough musical forces to mount this mostly polychoral repertoire … even more splendid, however, is to produce an album with such an interesting and varied program, sung magnificently entirely by choristers brought up from within the ranks of just one school in London … do give this latest album in the Sacred Treasures series produced by the Schola a listen—it is inspiring in every aspect’ (New Liturgical Movement)
21 May 2024
Crescendo Magazine, Belgium, Jean Lacroix
Reinecke & Sauer: Piano Concertos
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«Le pianiste anglais Simon Callaghan, qui a déjà signé d’autres pages méconnues pour cette collection d’Hyperion (Roger Coke, Joseph Rheinberger, Bernhard Scholz), confirme sa vision, qui allie brio, raffinement et lyrisme, déjà constatée dans les trois autres concertos … la version de Callaghan, étalée sur deux disques, vient toutefois s’installer comme première proposition, la formation de Suisse orientale et son chef lui offrant une complicité de bon aloi … Callaghan se révèle tout à fait en situation, sans pathos ni exagération romantique, mais avec un réel souci de l’équilibre entre nuances mesurées et jeu brillant. Le partenariat avec l’orchestre suisse de Saint-Gall que mène le Lituanien Modestas Pitrėnas est tout à fait de circonstance» (Crescendo Magazine, Belgium)
20 May 2024
Audiophile Audition, USA, Gary Lemco
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘An invaluable addition to the Takács Quartet legacy’ (Audiophile Audition, USA)

15 May 2024
De Standaard, Belgium
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
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'Gugnin heeft het perfecte toucher voor dit soort repertoire, dat niet gediend is met flirterig gefladder of sentimentalisme, maar floreert onder een ietwat onderkoelde benadering. Zijn virtuositeit is zo evident dat hij niet het showbeest hoeft uit te hangen; veel liever laat hij horen dat er ook op zijn kleurscheppend vermogen nog marge zit. Smaakt naar meer' (De Standaard, Belgium)

14 May 2024
Artamag, France, Jean-Charles Hoffelé
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
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«Ce que tant de pianiste refusent à Grieg, le génie de la narration, le cantonnant aux vertus illustratives d’un aquarelliste, Gugnin le possède à un degré singulier … disque magique, peut-être le plus beau de ce pianiste qui ne laisse jamais de me surprendre ; il ne doit pas en rester là chez Grieg : la Sonate, d’autres cahiers des Pièces Lyriques veulent son art» (Artamag, France)» More
11 May 2024
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
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‘Andrey Gugnin has shown us before in his recordings of Shostakovich and Scriabin what an extraordinary amount of technique and colour he has, and it’s a perfect fit here in the way he encompasses not just the tints and poetry of these miniature tone poems but also the poise of the Holberg Suite and the more ambitious scope and grandeur of Grieg’s Ballade, his rather melancholy variations on a Norwegian melody. Effortlessly realistic recording as well—this is Grieg captured to perfection’ (BBC Record Review)
8 May 2024

Hamelin: New Piano Works
Studio Master: CDA68308  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This endlessly fascinating collection is played with style and incredible subtlety … I don’t recall ever giving a recording the full ten stars. But then, I hadn’t heard Hamelin play his own work’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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8 May 2024

Tchaikovsky & Korngold: String Sextets
Studio Master: CDA68406  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The six players here play with such a shared vision and feeling for these works that you would think they had been playing sextets together all their career … the recording is up to Hyperion’s usual high standards. There are many other recordings of both works, though in the case of the Tchaikovsky you need to distinguish between sextet versions and those for string orchestra. Indeed, Hyperion has previous recordings of both, from the estimable Raphael Ensemble. However, I realise with a start that they are both over thirty years old and, moreover, not coupled with each other. If this coupling suits, do not hesitate’ (MusicWeb International)
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