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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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Recent reviews

10 October 2018

Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux
Studio Master: CDA68188  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘These moving and deeply considered accounts of Rachmaninov’s elusive Études-Tableaux are outstanding in every way. The disc constitutes an unmissable companion to Osborne’s two previous Hyperion discs of this composer … one ends up scratching one’s head trying to figure out how any pianist can seemingly observe each marking on the score with such care on the one hand and sound almost as though they’re playing ‘on the hoof’ on the other. This is an exceptional disc even by Steven Osborne’s impeccable standards. Do not miss it’ (MusicWeb International)» More
9 October 2018

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
Studio Master: CDA68245  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘You need an expert choir and orchestra to pull off this mighty work and that’s what we have here. You also need a conductor who has a real feel for the drama and sweep of the music and Martyn Brabbins fits that bill admirably. In less than expert hands A Sea Symphony can appear to be a sprawling edifice but there’s never any danger of that here: Brabbins’ direction is taut and incisive but he also knows exactly when to be expansive—and to what degree’ (MusicWeb International)
4 October 2018

Chopin: Cello Sonata; Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
Studio Master: CDA68227  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Isserlis’s insistence on an 1851 Érard piano lends this recording its distinctive atmosphere and rebalances the score, the sinewy cello ideally matched to a slightly brittle piano … feverish dynamism is contrasted with moments of exquisite poetry … in [Schubert’s] Sonata, the duo offer graceful transparency, lithe refinement with a compelling edginess … spellbinding’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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4 October 2018

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3; Sibelius: Symphony No 2
Studio Master: SIGCD548  Download only NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The notorious difficulties of the solo writing seem to present no problem to the agile and sonorous pianism of the young Russian virtuoso Gerard Aimontche, while the American conductor Roderick Cox unfolds Rachmaninov’s leisurely and discursive continuities with a firm hand. Cox also offers a forthright performance of the Sibelius. His must be among the most electrifying accounts in the catalogue of its strange dramatic scene of a second movement … an encouraging marker of an orchestra on the rise’ (BBC Music Magazine)
4 October 2018

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 & Symphonic Dances
Studio Master: SIGCD540  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Philharmonia produces a leaner, more transparent sound, captured ‘live’ with almost tactile precision and accuracy … the music’s distinct Russianness is experienced at a much deeper level this time around’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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4 October 2018

Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux
Studio Master: CDA68188  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Steven Osborne has already shown his feeling for Rachmaninov’s music in recordings of the Preludes and the Second Sonata, so it is no surprise to hear him give such idiomatic accounts of the Études-tableaux. The sheer polish of his technique is remarkable, approaching the patrician nonchalance of Rachmaninov himself—indeed, appearing at times to exceed him’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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2 October 2018

Park: Choral Works
Studio Master: CDA68191  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Altogether, this is a welcome introduction to a composer of impressive achievement and considerable promise. Layton and his crack team of singers have done their colleague and friend proud’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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2 October 2018

Schubert: Symphony No 5; Brahms: Serenade No 2
Studio Master: SDG729  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This performance glories in the pungent qualities of Brahms's orchestration and there is no denying the infectiousness they capture in the faster movements in particular’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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2 October 2018

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
Studio Master: CDA68245  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The BBC Symphony Chorus, prepared by its new director Neil Ferris, maintains its top-notch standard, singing with full tone, a wide range of dynamics, crisp attacks, and in general matching Walt Whitman's all-embracing poetry … credit is due also to Martyn Brabbins, in expert control of the work's internal balance and its dramatic pacing, and to the production team in Blackheath Concert Halls’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 October 2018

Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata & other piano music
Studio Master: CDA68237  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Unexpected tempos, but the atmosphere is unmistakable. Kolesnikov finds nocturnal quietude in the Moonlight Sonata, and his lucid, thoughtful approach pays off elsewhere too’ (BBC Music Magazine)

1 October 2018

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Studio Master: CDA68242  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The choral singing itself is excellent. The 32-member Yale Schola Cantorum is full of young, vibrant voices, and they respond with alacrity and sensitivity to David Hill's vastly experienced direction … the two soloists match the choir in youthfulness and ardour’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 October 2018

Bronsart & Urspruch: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68229  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It’s hard to imagine [the Bronsart] being better played than by these forces, Emmanuel Despax displaying a wide range of colours combined with an easy virtuosity … [the finale] requires prodigious playing from soloist and orchestral musicians to make it sound as effortless as here, and that it does is tribute as much to conductor Eugene Tzigane as to Despax’ (Gramophone)
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