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Hyperion has won two prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards this year. Described in the magazine's original review as 'a ferocious new talent', Andrey Gugnin's recording of Preludes & Piano Sonatas by Dmitri Shostakovich—his debut recording, no less—has triumphed against fierce competition in the instrumental category. In the vocal category, Nicky Spence and Julius Drake have received the award for their recording of Janáček The diary of one who disappeared, 'a magnificent realisation of a viscerally rewarding work'. Congratulations to all.

This month's new releases

Can there be anything left to say about the Beethoven Piano Concertos which has not already been answered in virtually a century of their recorded history? The answer, when pianists of the calibre of Stephen Hough are involved, is an emphatic 'yes'; indeed, such works' astonishing capacity to sound eternally new is precisely why they continue to demand the attention of the greatest artists of the day. With Hough's intelligent, probing pianism supported by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion's Record of the Month for May marks an important contribution to Beethoven's 250th anniversary celebrations. Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trios & String Quartet presents a still rare opportunity to hear three substantial chamber works which leave no doubt as to the stature of both women as composers in their own right. Powerful advocacy from The Nash Ensemble is no less than the music deserves.

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One of the composer's great choral masterpieces, Howells's Missa Sabrinensis remains much too little known. This new recording from The Bach Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Hill fully reveals the work's stature, capturing the fervent yet elusive emotional intensity at its heart. The landscape of Rachmaninov Songs is one which will be immediately familiar to anyone who loves his symphonies, piano concertos or solo piano music. Much of this music is imbued with a deep Russian melancholy, perfectly expressed by Julia Sitkovetsky, while the complex piano writing is effortlessly dispatched by Roger Vignoles.

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David Goode triumphantly concludes his Signum Classics cycle of The Complete Bach Organ Works, this fourteenth instalment from the Metzler console of Trinity College Cambridge comprising the life-affirming third book of the Clavierübung. The Ural Philharmonic and conductor Alexey Bogorad make a second appearance on the label with the Cello Concerto and Concerto for turntables No 1 by Gabriel Prokofiev, two works every bit as contrasting as their titles might suggest.

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Sturm und Drang, Vol. 1 is a vivacious new album from The Mozartists and their director Ian Page. With music by Gluck and Haydn, and the rather less familiar Jommelli, Beck and Traetta—as well as hair-raising contributions from soprano Chiara Skerath—this Signum recording more than demonstrates how the 'shock and awe' aims of this primarily literary movement quickly inspired creatives in other fields.

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From Signum Classics this month we have a new album of Solo piano music by Leoš Janáček. The composer's three major works for the instrument are here performed by Thomas Adès, as highly respected a pianist as he is conductor and composer, and winner of the 2018 Janáček Prize. Cantos sagrados is a showcase for the wonderful National Youth Choir of Scotland. Under the direction of Christopher Bell they perform a programme of music by James MacMillan and Thea Musgrave alongside classics of the repertoire by Whitacre, Ešenvalds, Tippett and Biebl.

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LSO Live is issuing a further volume in a series which champions the music of the future. Twelve composers are featured on The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 3—twelve individual voices, each earning the committed attention of the London Symphony Orchestra and an indefatigable François-Xavier Roth.

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The Hours is a showcase for the choral music of Ben Parry, a composer whose enviable experience in all aspects of music-making ensures a style which never loses the performer and listener from its heart, and one clearly relished by Royal Holloway Choir and long-standing conductor Rupert Gough.

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Other releases

Hyperion sampler - May 2020 Vol. 1
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Hyperion sampler - May 2020 Vol. 2
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