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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

24 September 2020
Limelight, Australia, Lisa MacKinney
Liszt & Thalberg: Opera transcriptions & fantasies
Studio Master: CDA68320  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Hexaméron requires immense technical prowess and dynamic pianism, which Hamelin has in spades: his playing is muscular, precise and unwavering in intensity … these are dynamic works of relentless, thundering pianism recorded with a rich depth and presence. A thrilling roller-coaster ride not for the faint-hearted’ (Limelight, Australia)» More

22 September 2020

Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68296  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane have themselves formed a lively collaborative ensemble, as reflected in their discs. The recording has been splendidly balanced and all concerned respond to the music with technical and expressive surety. Lewis Foreman is on cracking form in his notes. If the bluffer elements of the d’Erlanger make the bigger impression it’s because, in my own view, it’s the more attractive work but the coupling remains a thoughtful and canny juxtaposition’ (MusicWeb International)» More
20 September 2020
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68296  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘[d'Erlanger's] quintet dates from 1902, and I rather fell for the quiet depths of the second movement … rewarding performances of both works by Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet’ (BBC Record Review)
19 September 2020
colinscolumn.com, Colin Anderson
Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68340  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Between them, Alban Gerhardt and Jukka-Pekka Saraste do a grand job on behalf of Shostakovich’s two Rostropovich-centric Cello Concertos (Opuses 107 & 126), the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR) also proving to be a protagonist of distinction … these are inspired performances’ (colinscolumn.com)» More
18 September 2020

Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68296  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Goldner Quartet and Piers Lane give a sonorous reading of Erlanger’s score and are equal to its muscular, sturdy temperament; indeed, Lane’s impressive execution of the piano part reminds us of just how dexterous a pianist the composer was. The ensemble sound throughout is lush and sympathetic, and never ceases to engage. The somewhat less dense sound of Dunhill’s Piano Quintet, which appeared in 1904, three years after Erlanger’s, is no less voluptuous in its scoring, though one is perhaps aware of a greater sense of polyphonic freedom among the strings. There is also something poetically attractive about the flexible nature of the thematic material, in which all four players excel’ (Gramophone)
18 September 2020

Liszt & Thalberg: Opera transcriptions & fantasies
Studio Master: CDA68320  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘If I were allowed a two-word review of this disc, it would read as follows: buy it. But then, as a long-term admirer of Marc-André Hamelin, you would expect me to write that. Except that I think this new release is among the very best of all the recordings he has given us, returning, as he does, to the kind of repertoire in which he made his name and in which he is sui generis … Hamelin’s leggiero hemidemisemiquaver arpeggios are of the kind that, even if you had followed your mother’s advice and practised harder, you would never equal. Not in a million years’ (Gramophone)
18 September 2020

Lobo (D): Masses, Responsories & motets
Studio Master: CDA68306  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘For aficionados of Golden Age polyphony, this is all self-recommending. That’s all without Cupertinos’ distinctive qualities, which are as evident here as on their debut: a very open sound, with the astringent tones of the female singers very much to the fore thanks to an equally bright acoustic’ (Gramophone)
11 September 2020

Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood
Studio Master: CDA68301  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The masterpieces come at the beginning and the end, the motets by Stanford and the songs by Parry, in which whole worlds of pain, belief, hope and tradition are condensed into telling cadences that internalise rather than boast about technique and aspiration … it’s in these more classical designs that O’Donnell’s choir shows its poise: thrillingly bright and straight-backed in Stanford’s ‘Caelos ascendit hodie’ (and judicious in that vibrant final cadence) and going with the flow in the tremendous text-led freedoms of Parry’s Songs of Farewell, the most remarkable meeting of English choral style with sheer instinct … it radiates an optimism of its own, which may well prove even more special in the long run’ (Gramophone)
9 September 2020

Homage to Godowsky
Studio Master: CDA68310  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The recording quality is exemplary as is usual for Hyperion, the cover notes are interesting and replete with plenty of detail about these neglected gems and the playing time is very generous. To sum up, this is a marvellous CD, there is a wide variety of music included and all is played with consummate skill. I recommend all piano music fans to go out and buy a copy as there is some magnificent playing here as well as some very neglected works which deserve to be better known. I also look forward to further recordings by Andrey Gugnin who is clearly someone well worth listening to’ (MusicWeb International)
7 September 2020

Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68296  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The airy attractions of light music, meanwhile, regularly break with benefit into the Stanford-esque flow of the album's other offering, the 1904 Piano Quintet of Thomas Dunhill (1877-1946). The work also offers the additional benefit of a composer completely at ease writing for chamber forces, elegantly balancing and varying textures … as expected, the all-Australian team of Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet dig out these rarities with the necessary love and respect, and show that works don't have to be gold-plated masterpieces to offer rewarding listening’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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7 September 2020

Finnissy: Pious Anthems & Voluntaries
Studio Master: SIGCD624  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Pious Anthems and Voluntaries aspires, in Finnissy's words, to be a work 'with guts and brains'. It embodies both in spades. And however 'brainy', the sequence maintains a powerfully visceral communicative grip. Nethsingha and his forces do it proud. Indeed one of their greatest achievements is to make the music sound as lived-in as more customary fare such as Byrd or Howells … Bach lures Finnissy into flights of perky playfulness, and the addition of flute and violin adds to the allure’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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7 September 2020

Liszt & Thalberg: Opera transcriptions & fantasies
Studio Master: CDA68320  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Sigismond Thalberg was born in 1812, the year after Liszt. From an early age he revealed incredible pianistic gifts, and inevitably comparisons were made between the two piano tigers … Liszt, Thalberg and others arranged [operatic favourites] for piano, and as there no singers to dazzle, audiences were supplied by ever more elaborate and difficult piano showpieces, with rapid double octaves played fortissimo and unbelievably scintillating scales despatched with abandon … Hamelin thoroughly enjoys himself, surely giving as good as he would have got’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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