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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The ghosts of pre-Reformation Scotland are vividly conjured in Music for the King of Scots, as The Binchois Consort and Andrew Kirkman celebrate Mass for James IV. Linlithgow Palace may now be derelict, but here its Chapel Royal once again resounds to music over the course of the liturgical day, as it might have been heard in the early sixteenth century. And with Sacred choral music by Cecilia McDowall we celebrate the seventieth birthday of one of this country's most distinguished contemporary composers. McDowall is famed especially for her choral writing—equally rewarding for listeners and performers alike—and this collection of works from the last decade enjoys outstanding accounts from Stephen Layton and Trinity College Choir Cambridge.
An occasional series dedicated to choice selections of our all-time favourite recordings—ones you might possibly have missed? This time: The Golden Age of English Polyphony from The Sixteen (‘English choral music at its finest’—The Observer), Kaleidoscope from Marc-André Hamelin (‘simply sensational’—The Sunday Times), and the Pierné Piano Quintet from Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet (‘it would be hard to imagine a more persuasive or compelling performance’—Gramophone). If you don't know them already, a track from each is included on our monthly sampler which is free to download.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a riveting new account of Prokofiev Symphony No 5. Recorded in February 2020 by the Signum Classics engineers during a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall, this is the second album from the orchestra's distinguished new Principal Conductor.
In September 2019 the London Symphony Orchestra performed Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, the concert recorded for LSO Live. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle chooses to present this symphonic treasure uncut, giving full leash to its drama, and to its melancholy.
New on the King's Cambridge label we have Proud Songsters – English solo song. Nine distinguished singers—Michael Chance, James Gilchrist and Gerald Finley among them, and all former members of the college's famous choir—share the honours, with Simon Lepper their indefatigable journeyman.
Rather different fruits of the choral tradition can be found in Percussion Concertos by HK Gruber, the composer a one-time member of the Vienna Boys Choir, if now rather more regarded as a musical anarchist. Colin Currie hits things (his own label hosting the recording), while Juanjo Mena and John Storgårds share attempts to marshal the BBC Philharmonic.
Kerenza Peacock, Huw Watkins and Laura van der Heijden have recorded Behold the stars – Chamber music by Rodrigo Ruiz, a new Signum album which showcases the tonal lyricism of this young Mexican composer: a violin sonata, a piano trio and a shorter work for violin and piano, all very much in the classical idiom he so much reveres.
Rediscovered – British Clarinet Concertos, on the Cala Signum imprint, is a wonderful exploration of the clarinet-and-orchestra byways of England in the 1930s and 40s: a collaboration between Peter Cigleris and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the album presents four revelatory works by four little-known composers. Ben Palmer conducts. On the main Signum label we have Spira, spera, a programme of Bach piano transcriptions—including rare outings for two monumental creations by Theodor Szántó—performed by Emmanuel Despax.
Countertenor William Towers has joined forces with Christopher Monks and his enterprising Armonico Consort to record Handelian Pyrotechnics: eleven of Handel's finest arias, many originally composed for the great 'Senesino', in assured performances made with the experience of many stage productions.