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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And for something completely different, the Vivaldi & Piazzolla mandolin seasons present a unique—and hugely enjoyable—take on a certain set of Italian baroque violin concertos and a twentieth-century response to them. So convincing is the virtuoso mandolin playing of Jacob Reuven, it's tempting to imagine that the works might have been conceived in this form, while Omer Meir Wellber's direction and continuo (employing accordion, as well as harpsichord), plus the enthusiastic contribution of the Sinfonietta Leipzig, add to the exuberance of an album like no other.
The ongoing series dedicated to choice selections of our all-time favourite recordings—ones you might possibly have missed? This time: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3 by Charles Ives from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton (‘these performances represent all that's best about American orchestras and conductors’—MusicWeb International), The Tallis Votive Antiphons from The Cardinall's Musick (‘the whole production is exemplary’—MusicWeb International), and String Quartets by Zoltán Kodály from the Dante Quartet (‘superbly played and recorded, these readings are of the highest order’—BBC Music Magazine). If you don’t know them already, a track from each is included on our monthly sampler which is free to download.
Originating as a self-made divertissement at an aristocratic soirée, Die schöne Müllerin of course became immortalized by its most famous musical setting. Recalling this vernacular origin, and the theatricality inherent to the work, tenor Nicky Spence, pianist Christopher Glynn and translator Jeremy Sams have created Schubert's Fair maid of the mill for Signum Classics. And in what a performance: as truly engaging as any as our young miller careers headlong to his fate.
LSO Live this month celebrates the rich crossover seam between classical and jazz. Nazareno is the title work, the Labèque Sisters' pianos flanked by brass, percussion and cellos in a vibrant re-working of Osvaldo Golijov's audacious Pasión según San Marcos of 2000. Sir Simon Rattle fills out the programme with era-defining works by Stravinsky and Bernstein, the London Symphony Orchestra clearly appreciating the invitation to plunder the furthest reaches of an extensive percussion cupboard.
Fretwork has made a new recording for Signum, their eleventh collaboration. Thomas Lupo – Fantasia comprises twenty of this prolific composer's most intricate confections for three-, five- and six-part viol consort. These are works originally written for the entertainment of the English royal court, a role fulfilled by the family since Henry VIII invited them from Venice in 1540.
Oliver Davis' Air is a seventh Signum album dedicated to the music of this hugely successful film, television and ballet composer. The wide-ranging programme includes works for the unusual quartet of The Hanke Brothers, songs (performed by Grace Davidson and Jeremy Budd), a suite for violin (Kerenza Peacock) and orchestra, and a new ballet score. Paul Bateman conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Now the green blade riseth is an appealing programme of choral music for Easter from King's College Choir Cambridge and Director of Music Daniel Hyde on the choir's own label. Here is a choir riding high and this new album is a treat. Imaginative hymn-accompaniment comes from Paul Greally, while Matthew Martin puts the world-famous organ through its paces in the anthems and show-stopping voluntary.