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.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

A cradle song

First line:
Sweet dreams form a shade
author of text

Panufnik set William Blake’s A cradle song in fulfilment of a long-standing wish to write a Christmas carol in the style of a lullaby. Presented with this option by the Royal Choral Society, she says she 'leapt at it'. The piece was commissioned by the RCS 'in affectionate memory of their chairman, Anthony Forbes MBE', who sadly had died in 2017. 'Just as I was starting to compose, photos appeared of a friend’s newborn baby daughter, Daisy McNicholl, on Facebook. It brought home how the soothing nature of a lullaby is so important at every stage of the ‘circle of life’,' Panufnik explains.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018


Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD543Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on SIGCD543 [4'41] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD543 track 8

Recording date
20 January 2018
Recording venue
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & James Waterhouse
Hyperion usage
  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: September 2018
    Download only
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...