1 August 2019

MacMillan: One equal music & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD575  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Large-scale choral works by James MacMillan, such as his early Seven Last Words from the Cross or the more recent Stabat mater, have received plenty of critical attention in the past, so it’s good at last to see a disc featuring the composer’s shorter, a cappella pieces … MacMillan’s strength lies in his ability to fuse sacred polyphonic, secular popular, folk and modernist elements into a musical language that remains distinct and immediately identifiable … this is an impressive recording overall’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2019

Nicodé: Ein Liebesleben & other piano works
Studio Master: CDA68269  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Possibly the biggest takeaway of this release, however, is the superb artistry of Simon Callaghan. Already represented by two discs in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, it is a pleasure to encounter his solo work. Clearly a musician of curiosity and discernment, Callaghan’s robust piano-playing is also thoughtful, subtle and refined. It look forward to hearing whatever he does next’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2019

Parry: Piano Trio No 2 & Piano Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68276  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Leonores sound like they’ve lived with and loved these pieces for years: they surf the ebb and flow of Parry’s surging, often tempestuous lyricism with the same grace and style that they bring to the radiant sunset codas that close the first movements of each work … even had there been a century-long tradition of recording Parry’s chamber music, I suspect this would still shoot straight to the top of the heap’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2019

Sibelius: Kullervo
Studio Master: CDA68248  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Set down hard on the heels of an acclaimed concert performance in Glasgow during May 2018, Thomas Dausgaard’s new recording of Kullervo has lots in its favour. Not the least of its many virtues is the enthusiastic, scrupulously prepared and rhythmically spry contribution of the BBC Scottish SO (a shout-out to their crisply articulate strings and irresistibly ‘vocal’ woodwinds in particular). Plaudits, too, for Dausgaard’s purposeful, keen-eared direction, some shrewdly chosen tempos ensuring that Sibelius’s daringly ambitious scheme unfolds with impressive cumulative power; certainly, his lithe, red-blooded handling of the remarkable central scena (‘Kullervo and his sister’) plunges the listener into the thick of the action—an impression reinforced by the comparatively upfront balance afforded to soloists Helena Juntunen and Benjamin Appl (both of whom cover themselves in glory) … all told, a hearty welcome to this fresh-faced newcomer’ (Gramophone)
31 July 2019

Parry: Piano Trio No 2 & Piano Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68276  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Graced with a plush-sounding recording, the Leonore Piano Trio with Rachel Roberts offer incandescent readings which will win over many to these captivating scores’ (MusicWeb International)» More
30 July 2019
Limelight, Australia, Alexandra Coghlan
Nyman & Purcell: If & other songs
Studio Master: SIGCD586  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘What If does brilliantly is cut to the core of the difference between the two worlds. The rhetorical expression and quasi-improvised freedom of Purcell’s O Solitude (beautifully shaped and paced by Davies) and the rapt wonder of Music For A While blaze newly colourful and warm alongside the blanched landscapes of the Nyman. Purcell left no songs with viol accompaniment, so these consort arrangements by Richard Boothby are an innovation, and one that allows the composer’s sinuous accompaniments to weave with new texture around the voice.’ (Limelight, Australia)

29 July 2019

Cramer: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5
Studio Master: CDA68270  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The performances are notable for immaculate playing and great rapport between pianist and orchestra. Shelley’s interpretations are entirely convincing and the recorded sound is excellent’ (Classical Source)» More

28 July 2019
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Sibelius: Kullervo
Studio Master: CDA68248  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Thrilling’ (The Sunday Times)» More
27 July 2019
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Parry: Piano Trio No 2 & Piano Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68276  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A good piece [the Piano Quartet] to play to anyone who accuses Parry of being second-rate Brahms, especially in this urgently propelled performance from the Leonore Piano Trio with viola player Rachel Roberts … I've enjoyed the Leonore's Parry recordings this year a great deal; fine recordings, both of them’ (BBC Record Review)
25 July 2019

Finzi: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68222  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It’s probably impertinent to say that Stephen Layton has already proved himself over and over; no departure here … this is a very fine collection … with much to reward the listener’ (MusicWeb International)» More
23 July 2019

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

‘This disc is a resoundingly confident contribution to the Stanford revival … to be celebrated’ (MusicWeb International)» More
22 July 2019

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 109, 110 & 111
Studio Master: CDA68219  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Barry Cooper’s notes are succinct and rich in useful detail, as one has come to expect from one of the doyens of Beethoven scholarship. I must also mention the terrific recording, superlative even by Hyperion’s demanding standards … the sonics seal the deal on a uniquely edifying and moving Beethoven disc. Steven Osborne has here captured what Beethoven’s biographer Maynard Solomon pithily characterised as the ‘etherealised improvisatory tone’ of the trilogy arguably more convincingly than anyone to date’ (MusicWeb International)» More
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