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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

7 June 2024
The Times, Geoff Brown
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The [Takács Quartet's] defining qualities—fire, poetry, clarity, balance—never change. The principal work on their latest release is Schubert's String Quartet No 15—one of his most grandiose. It's spellbinding from the opening, when a tussle between major and minor keys gives way to a calm landscape pre-echoing passages in Bruckner symphonies. Schubert springs surprises, but the Takács players take everything in their stride’ (The Times)

1 June 2024

Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68424  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Gugnin ripples his way through the Holberg Suite in its original piano solo guise, radiating poise, affection and respect for its Golden Age retrospection … Gugnin lavishes immense sympathy and finesse on [the Ballade], keeping a close eye on the balance and emotional logic of the variations, and making a persuasive case that its absence from the concert hall is very much our loss … the Lyric Pieces, it might be thought, need no special advocacy, given the standards set over the years by the likes of Gilels, Andsnes, Hough and Kozhukhin. But advocacy can take many forms, and Gugnin’s is as special as anyone’s as he follows Grieg’s flights of fancy into nature, mood-pictures and dreamscapes with equal acuity’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2024

Padovano: Missa A la dolc' ombra & Missa Domine a lingua dolosa
Studio Master: CDA68407  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Cinquecento as one of the current premiere all-male vocal ensembles find much beauty and intricacy in Padovano’s ‘highly consonant’ style, reminding me that I once wrote: 'Their sound is reminiscent of The Hilliard Ensemble, particularly in the delightful interplay of their two well-matched tenors and the warmth of the overall blend captured through a close, warm recording technique'. This still holds today, as the ensemble’s skilful blend is a happy marriage to Padovano’s ars perfecta flow. They also handle transition moments well, as best heard in the opening Kyrie of Missa A la dolc’ ombra, which cadences on a shimmering top-heavy chord so that the Christe section feels inevitable … Cinquecento at their best’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2024
Stereophile, Jason Victor Serinus
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Having heard the Takács Quartet live on multiple occasions … I've come to expect beauty and emotional eloquence from this ensemble. This recording delivers’ (Stereophile)
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1 June 2024

La Hèle: Missa Praeter rerum seriem & works by Manchicourt, Payen & Rogier
Studio Master: CDA68439  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The great strength of this recording is the transparency of its textures, which allows the parts to come through individually while preserving the monumentality that such a scoring obviously motivates—all the more remarkable given the size of the choir, which is large by modern standards in this repertoire (nearly 40-strong). That is due to canny direction and a bright acoustic, which together achieve a sound strongly reminiscent of Cupertinos. That will be recommendation enough to lovers of Iberian (or indeed Franco-Flemish) polyphony … the clarity and precision of these interpretations is very satisfying’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2024

Russian Variations
Studio Master: CDA68428  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The meatiest and finest work here—also the best played—is the Rachmaninov, which Lane executes with transparently more freedom and pure relish. There is much to admire here, from the judicious pacing and depth of tone to the way he plays the heartbreaking Var 16 (one of the composer’s loveliest inspirations) and the exultant conclusion. For once, we get the presto final-page ending, which is surely what the work deserves’ (Gramophone)
30 May 2024
The Guardian, Andrew Clements
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Of course, it almost goes without saying that technically the performance [of D887] is as precise as ever, and the account of the rather Haydnesque B flat quartet D112 that’s also on the disc is a model of good manners’ (The Guardian)

27 May 2024
musica Dei donum, Johan Van Veen
Sacred treasures of Venice
Studio Master: CDA68427  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This undoubtedly is a very fine choir, and it is nice that it has been given the opportunity to present itself by the Hyperion label. I hope that there is more to come’ (musica Dei donum)
24 May 2024

Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
Studio Master: CDA68424  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Gugnin’s velocity in the Holberg Suite’s opening Prelude is complemented by ample time for colour and inflection, while in the Andante religioso, the nodal and expressive centre of the suite, there is a glowing response to the near-Franckian chromaticism and harmonic richness. Here, in particular, there is a reminder that for the finest Russian pianists there is no division between vocal and instrumental writing. From Gugnin the ‘singing’ lines of this haunting Aria are made unforgettable … Andrey Gugnin is a true poet of the keyboard and his commitment shines through in every bar’ (International Piano)
22 May 2024
New Liturgical Movement, Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
Sacred treasures of Venice
Studio Master: CDA68427  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It is a splendid thing to compile and record an album of late Renaissance Venetian choral music, especially since the ordinary forces of parish choirs (and even cathedral choirs) can only occasionally muster enough musical forces to mount this mostly polychoral repertoire … even more splendid, however, is to produce an album with such an interesting and varied program, sung magnificently entirely by choristers brought up from within the ranks of just one school in London … do give this latest album in the Sacred Treasures series produced by the Schola a listen—it is inspiring in every aspect’ (New Liturgical Movement)
21 May 2024
Crescendo Magazine, Belgium, Jean Lacroix
Reinecke & Sauer: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68429  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

«Le pianiste anglais Simon Callaghan, qui a déjà signé d’autres pages méconnues pour cette collection d’Hyperion (Roger Coke, Joseph Rheinberger, Bernhard Scholz), confirme sa vision, qui allie brio, raffinement et lyrisme, déjà constatée dans les trois autres concertos … la version de Callaghan, étalée sur deux disques, vient toutefois s’installer comme première proposition, la formation de Suisse orientale et son chef lui offrant une complicité de bon aloi … Callaghan se révèle tout à fait en situation, sans pathos ni exagération romantique, mais avec un réel souci de l’équilibre entre nuances mesurées et jeu brillant. Le partenariat avec l’orchestre suisse de Saint-Gall que mène le Lituanien Modestas Pitrėnas est tout à fait de circonstance» (Crescendo Magazine, Belgium)
20 May 2024
Audiophile Audition, USA, Gary Lemco
Schubert: String Quartets D112 & 887
Studio Master: CDA68423  RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘An invaluable addition to the Takács Quartet legacy’ (Audiophile Audition, USA)

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