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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Steven Osborne is no stranger to Debussy Piano Music. His earlier collection was hailed as 'magisterial', and this successor—a delicious confection centred on the two sets of 'Images'—is certain to be greeted with similar critical superlatives. Titles can be misleading: quite apart from being a virtuoso showpiece for two high tenors (Samuel Boden and Thomas Walker), John Blow's Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell is no funereal dirge but a work of surprising, not to say prevailing, delight. Here it's the highlight in a collection of enticing rare vocal and chamber works performed by Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen with all their customary flair and sensitivity.
A new album from the Dunedin Consort and Linn Records invariably presents an instant highlight of the year. Here John Butt and his musicians, bolstered by the searing virtuosity of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, revel in the sonic grandeur that is the Monteverdi Vespers, delivering a freshly modern take on this much-loved work.
From King's Cambridge this month Tecchler's Cello – From Cambridge to Rome invites us to travel with Guy Johnston as he retraces the putative life of his beloved instrument back through its three centuries, along the way commissioning three new works by way of birthday gifts.
Kyrie – Poulenc, Kodály & Janáček is an ambitious new Signum Classics recording from St John's College Choir Cambridge, triumphantly tackling three of the most exalted—and treacherous—sacred works of the last century under the guidance of conductor Andrew Nethsingha. The Art of Dancing, the title work on an album subtitled '21st-century concertos for trumpet, piano and strings', gives the pioneering Simon Desbruslais his cue for an album of first recordings in the company of pianist Clare Hammond and the English String Orchestra.
Robin Ticciati marks his exciting new tenure as Principal Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with a new album for Linn Records: Debussy La mer & Ariettes oubliées (the latter in a revelatory new orchestral version) and Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande make for a perfectly judged recording. The Complete Consort Music of Christopher Tye has captured the attention of award-winning viol group Phantasm—for whom the dizzyingly modernist challenges set by this maverick of the sixteenth century hold no terrors.