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An ever-increasing number of Hyperion albums are now available for streaming, with the catalogues of new groups of artists being added every couple of weeks or so. You'll find a 'listen now' link on the web page for each album already available. And for the benefit of our valued and established customers who may prefer more traditional methods, many of the albums most recently added to streaming services are available on disc or as a download at the special price of £8 per CD (or download equivalent)—see the "Current Offers" pages above: an opportunity to plug any holes in your collection at a good price.
Our January 2024 releases will be available from Friday 12 January.
Described in the Financial Times as “one of the outstanding keyboard talents of our time”, Steven Osborne this year marks his quarter century of recording for Hyperion. We are immensely proud of each and every one of his dozens of albums—which have so far covered repertoire from Beethoven and Schubert to Feldman and Tippett, not to mention glorious mini series of Debussy and Rachmaninov, and all meeting with the highest of critical praise—and look forward to many more in the future. Thank you, Steven, from all at Hyperion.
“It has been one of the greatest privileges of my career to spend the last 25 years recording with Hyperion. I could never have imagined the ramifications of reluctantly accepting an Edinburgh Festival invitation to play the (for me, slightly-too-tartan) Mackenzie Piano Concerto, which resulted in Hyperion offering me my first record with them. What followed has been an immensely satisfying collaboration characterised by friendship, generosity, and a most pleasing prioritisation of strong ideas over any concerns about marketability. I am hugely grateful for their trust in my instincts about what to record next, and I look back on the 30-plus discs we’ve made together with great pleasure and even a little not-so-Scottish pride. And now as a bonus all of my albums are available for streaming—you'll find links on each of the album pages referenced below. Enjoy!”
The first ten years of Steven's discography on Hyperion very much set the diverse tone for what was to follow, with concertos from Scotland and England, twentieth-century Russian works and a glorious first volume of Debussy alongside established classics by Messiaen and Liszt.
Steven's solo recordings have since included major (and minor) works by Beethoven, an important series of albums featuring Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky (a Gramophone Award-winning rendition of 'Pictures'), and Medtner, as well as Schubert, Ravel (a complete edition), modern American works by Morton Feldman and George Crumb, and three further instalments of Debussy …
Steven has also teamed up with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to record works by Britten (winning a second Gramophone Award), Ravel, Falla and Stravinsky, and with the Bergen Philharmonic for Messiaen's epic Turangalîla. Chamber music is important too, collaborations with Alban Gerhardt and Alina Ibragimova covering French and Russian repertoire, and two blistering albums with Paul Lewis tackling pinnacles of the piano four-hands repertoire …
And here are the most recent new releases from Hyperion …Every new release from Steven Osborne is an event, and none more so than these eagerly anticipated accounts of Debussy's Études & Pour le piano. Osborne's earlier Hyperion albums have already established his outstanding credentials in the French master—idiomatic music-making 'which neither lovers of Debussy and French music nor those who value piano-playing on the highest artistic level will want to miss' was Gramophone's verdict—and November's Record of the Month is the unqualified success only to be expected from this remarkable musician.
In Morning star, Owain Park and The Gesualdo Six bring all their usual programming flair to a distinctly superior celebration of Epiphany. Of the twenty-one tracks spanning the music of centuries, some works are well known, others less so, but all benefit from the scrupulous care and attention so characteristic of this group. And with Francisco Guerrero's Missa Ecce sacerdos magnus, Magnificat & motets, Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble turn to one of the three great composers to have emerged from Spain in the sixteenth century. If Guerrero is today a less familiar name than the other two (Cristóbal de Morales and Tomás Luis de Victoria), that is no reflection on the quality of his music, as listeners to this wonderful new release will quickly discover.
Jeremy Filsell returns with The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York for a programme of Sacred Works by William Byrd. Marking four hundred years since the composer's death in 1523, this re-creation of the Catholic Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi is centred on the timeless Mass for four voices. And two further albums on Signum explore the fascinating organ works and performing skills of Naji Hakim, the composer taking the console of the impressive Stahlhuth-Jann organ of St Martin's, Dudelange, in Luxembourg for a second instalment of Hakim plays Hakim and being joined by soprano Anne Warthmann (and, variously, clarinet and flute) for Anne Warthmann sings Naji Hakim.
LSO Live has put together an impressive set of Elgar Symphonies and Marches which also includes the Cello Concerto (with soloist Felix Schmidt) and the 'Enigma' Variations. These archive performances—primarily from 1988 and 2001—feature conductors Sir Colin Davis (the three Symphonies) and Barry Tuckwell (the Marches), with appearances also from Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Sir Antonio Pappano.
For their own label The Choir of King's College Cambridge has recorded a new mini album featuring six Orchestral carols by John Rutter, a mixture of original works and fabulous arrangements. Recorded amid the glories of King's College Chapel, enviable accompaniment comes from the Britten Sinfonia and Daniel Hyde conducts.
A third instalment in The Choir of St John's College Cambridge's Advent Live mini series on Signum draws together highlights from the annual broadcasts of 2020, 2021 and 2022—conductor Andrew Nethsingha's final bite at that particular cherry before decamping to Westminster Abbey. As ever the programme is replete with the unexpected.
A flurry of new releases from Signum Classics brings us A Most Marvellous Party (with Noël Coward and friends) from three artists surely at the height of their powers—soprano Mary Bevan, tenor Nicky Spence and pianist Joseph Middleton—plus a diverse array of Christmas fayre: Patrick Hawes's The Nativity (performed by Voce and their conductor Mark Singleton), Noël (the Armonico Consort), Nova! Nova! Joy to the world! (the Hertfordshire Chorus), and The Christmas album (the Phoenix Chorale—their first recording under director Christopher Gabbitas): most certainly something for everyone.
Christopher Glynn continues his fascinating Schubert in English series on Signum with a fourth instalment. There are twenty-one songs here, among them many stalwarts of the repertoire, and the singers revelling in Jeremy Sams's thought-provoking new translations are Rowan Pierce and Roderick Williams.
Something of a new departure for Collegium Records finds John Rutter conducting the Manchester Camerata in a programme of his own orchestral arrangements entitled Classical Tranquillity: eleven tracks of luxurious escapism visiting the works of Bach, Handel, Delius and others.
Two new releases from the National Symphony Orchestra of The Kennedy Center in Washington this month, both with Gianandrea Noseda at the helm. Beethoven Symphonies Nos 6 & 8 is the third release in an already-impressive cycle, while the Five Sinfonias of George Walker are now brought together onto a single album.
Conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda continues a further cycle with a new recording for LSO Live of Prokofiev's Symphony No 5, the composer's breakthrough symphony here captured in a live recording from the Barbican in 2022.