2 April 2021

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
Studio Master: CDA68347  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is a most worthwhile overview of some of the music of Francisco Guerrero. All the music on the disc is expertly crafted and very well worth hearing. Guerrero’s cause is helped greatly by the fact that his music is here performed by such an accomplished choir: I admired their disciplined, well-focused singing very much … Hyperion’s documentation is excellent, as usual … I hope the association between Hyperion and El León de Oro will continue beyond this excellent CD and its predecessor’ (MusicWeb International)» More
1 April 2021

French duets
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‘It’s hard not to go into auto-rave mode; and you’ll notice that, unusually, I haven’t worried about comparisons, for this needs none … this offers not only the perfect escape from our current locked-down state but also the most sublime example of peerless pianism’ (Gramophone)
1 April 2021

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
Studio Master: CDA68347  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This new disc by the Spanish choir El León de Oro of music by Francisco Guerrero (1528-99) joins an impressive line of recordings on the Hyperion label, whose dedication to Iberian repertoire is notable. Opening with Magnificat quarti toni, their radiant choral sound is carried by a convincing momentum. With nearly 40 singers, the phrases are confident and broad but never strident: this approach lends an especially atmospheric air to the Lamentations, where vowel sounds are soft and few consonants penetrate the warm glow of the generous acoustic. The result is a delightfully rich sonic bath that departs significantly from many British ensembles’ approach’ (Gramophone)
1 April 2021

Ligeti: The 18 Études
Studio Master: CDA68286  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It’s amazing yet not surprising how quickly Ligeti’s piano Études entered the international repertoire, with recordings by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Fredrik Ullén establishing themselves as the catalogue’s reference versions by the early 2000s. Many contenders have taken up the gauntlet since then, with Danny Driver’s latest offering counting among the strongest … the four Book 3 Études are no less detailed and vocally informed via Driver’s polished fingers and mindful musicianship. These qualities find a literary counterpart in the pianist’s informative, caring and well-written booklet notes. In essence, Driver’s Ligeti Études complement rather than compete with Aimard and Ullén, and that’s high praise’ (Gramophone)
27 March 2021
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
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‘The emotional informality of these pieces [the Canciones] is in marked contrast to Guerrero's complex polyphonic motets and the settings of the Lamentatations for Holy Week, in performances conducted by their guest conductor Peter Phillips from The Tallis Scholars. And he tells us in the notes that it shouldn't always be about Victoria when it comes to Spanish polyphony—Guerrero deserves to be much better known, and that this wide-ranging collection of his music sung by Spaniards is long overdue. I couldn't agree more on this evidence’ (BBC Record Review)
25 March 2021

Vida breve
Studio Master: CDA68260  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is a terrific disc with world class playing. Hough's technique is staggering in all respects but that never overshadows the music and I am constantly drawn in by his artful melody lines, elegant phrasing and masterful pedalling. Death does indeed come to us all but Hough demonstrates that the path to it is an enriching and affirmative experience’ (MusicWeb International)» More
19 March 2021
Early Music Review, Richard Turbet
Music for the King of Scots
Studio Master: CDA68333  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Scientifically this is a remarkable project and music has been chosen that is appropriate to it. The singing is technically as good as it could be. Just when the performances seem to be becoming slick, as in some frenetic sections of the Credo, this tendency is trumped by sensitive passages such as the 'Dona nobis pacem' concluding the Agnus, besides others in the Credo, plus those also in the Agnus and in the Sanctus … the project is driven by an admirable aspiration … to enable us to hear the music in the way that the monarch would have done. It is a fascinating glimpse of sacred music in Scotland between the famous Scottish Lady Mass (c 1230) and the phenomenon that was, and is, Robert Carver. As such it is a project well worth investigating’ (Early Music Review)
18 March 2021

French duets
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‘What an absolute treat. If you have played piano duets, the chances are that at least one of these Gallic offerings has passed under your fingers. Rarely, though, has this music sounded as good as in the hands of Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne … in short, this is pure enjoyment from start to finish’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

18 March 2021

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
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‘The 38-strong Spanish choir produces a sound that is rich yet at the same time remarkably intimate and crystalline. The group’s honorary director is Peter Phillips and something of the silvery polish of his ensemble The Tallis Scholars seems to have rubbed off here. Choral textures are lucid and diction is generally clear … there is … a moving sincerity to these accounts’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

18 March 2021

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
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‘Peter Phillips in his notes writes: ‘An album of Guerrero, sung by Spaniards, which not only shows off his best sacred music, but also puts some of his secular writing in the frame, has long been overdue.’ That alone is a reason to acquire this disc … a strong passion and commitment to the music’ (MusicWeb International)» More
18 March 2021

Haydn: String Quartets Op 76
Studio Master: CDA68335  2CDs for the price of 1  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Here we have some of the greatest, most formally innovative, inventive and deeply felt string quartets ever composed, delivered by a quartet of players of faultless intonation, unanimity and blend, whose approach to Haydn has matured through eight much-praised previous albums of his quartets, and who have evidently prepared the present set with minute care’ (BBC Music Magazine)
18 March 2021

Ligeti: The 18 Études
Studio Master: CDA68286  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘No other piano music written as recently has established a place in the repertoire like Ligeti’s Études … these works are here to stay, in the distinguished line of études stretching back via Debussy to Chopin. They require even more virtuosity, sometimes of a brain-teasing sort, and Danny Driver supplies it all’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

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