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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

15 June 2022
Artamag, France, Jean-Charles Hoffelé
Mendelssohn: Violin Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68322  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

«Tout le Mendelssohn solaire est enclos en ces pages comme dans le piano vif-argent de Cédric Tiberghien et l’archet passionné d’Alina Ibragimova. Quel duo ! Après leur impressionnant parcours Mozart, complétissime !, pour le même éditeur, voici qu’ils explorent chaque note que Mendelssohn aura écrite pour leurs deux instruments ensemble … album parfait, qui vient régler la question de la discographie» (Artamag, France)» More
10 June 2022

Bolcom: The complete rags
Studio Master: CDA68391/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Bolcom is lucky in having such a musician to provide him with these authoritative accounts of his music. Individual rags will undoubtedly pop up on recital discs from time to time (at least, they should) but any further ‘Complete Rags’ will be completely redundant. Hamelin’s razor-sharp rhythmic acuity and precise accentuation in tandem with his customary nonchalant dexterity would, on their own, be sufficient for the success of this release, but there are other things: a sophisticated palette, a deep tenderness, a mischievous sense of humour and the chameleon’s ability to convince you that he is not a classical pianist but, first and foremost, a successor to James P Johnson. There is more. I doubt if there’s another pianist on the planet who, after giving us a revelatory two-disc survey of CPE Bach, could so adroitly turn his attention to late 20th-century ragtime. The man is a miracle. Another Gramophone Award nomination beckons’ (Gramophone)
10 June 2022
Presto Classical, David Smith
Bolcom: The complete rags
Studio Master: CDA68391/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Today’s Recording of the Week—the complete rags of octogenarian pianist-composer William Bolcom, clocking in at a little over two hours—might sound intimidatingly niche, perhaps of interest only to devotees of this particular genre. Nothing could be further from the truth; Bolcom’s twenty-six rags run a gamut from exuberance to introspection, from humour to expressions of deep pain and grief. And who better than Marc-André Hamelin to perform them? … Hamelin responds perfectly to the changing shifts of mood and emotion in Bolcom’s multi-faceted exploration of the ragtime genre, clearly illustrating its variety and adaptability. No wonder Bolcom has never quite managed to kick this particular musical habit!’ (Presto Classical)» More
10 June 2022

Schubert: 21 Songs
Studio Master: CDA68169  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Songs such as ‘An Silvia’ and ‘Der Musensohn’ can seem a bit twee in certain performances; with Coote, that’s not possible, with her use of colour giving the songs an emotional narrative. She doesn’t sugar-coat anything. ‘Erlkönig’ has a heart-in-mouth intensity, while the beloved ‘Im Frühling’ isn’t sung just as a pastoral study with some dark clouds but as an inexorable slide into sorrow. Even ‘Ständchen’ has an underlying tension alluding to the kind of trembling that is mentioned in the final moment — ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’ goes quite deep and dark, the voice of death being half whispered, benevolent but not open to negotiation, the final note having an almost baritonal colouring, underscored by the funeral-march pace used by pianist Julius Drake. In all selections, he is with her all the way, with generous (though not extravagant) tempo changes and eloquent tone colours that support what she is out to convey’ (Gramophone)
10 June 2022

Vivaldi & Piazzolla: The mandolin seasons
Studio Master: CDA68357  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Reuven’s mandolin take on The Four Seasons’ famously virtuoso violin solos presents a panoply of colours, thanks to a holy trinity of a modern instrument, his own mandolin technique, based on Europe’s various violin schools, and shedloads of imagination. Listen to the shaping, shading and variety of his embellishments in the solos in the first movement of Vivaldi’s Spring. And these qualities then equally feed his Piazzolla arrangements (each movement of which follows its corresponding Vivaldi one); the double-stopped glissandos with which he opens Piazzolla’s Summer are properly exciting … in a steadily expanding catalogue of Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons offerings, this has brought something genuinely unique and worthwhile to the table’ (Gramophone)
9 June 2022

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 106 & 111
Studio Master: CDA68374  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Angela Hewitt’s pianism is on an exalted level throughout both of these sonatas. I was enthralled by her performances and I also learned much from her insightful essay … an outstanding disc’ (MusicWeb International)» More
4 June 2022
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Bolcom: The complete rags
Studio Master: CDA68391/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Bolcom's notes describe his ragtime journey from beginning to end, and Hamelin's playing is delightful. It's sympathetic, witty, virtuosic—you can almost hear him grinning with delight at Bolcom's harmonic and rhythmic ingenuity … brilliant entertainment’ (BBC Record Review)
4 June 2022
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Hahn: Poèmes & Valses
Studio Master: CDA68383  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The delicacy, fragility and suspended sound-world of Pavel Kolesnikov’s new recording is special, and his selection of the Rossignol pieces separated by the waltzes works really well. It’s a beautiful experience—subtle, mysterious, sometimes disorientating, abstract, intriguing—a little-known side of Hahn’s music magically presented here’ (BBC Record Review)
3 June 2022
colinscolumn.com, Colin Anderson
Bolcom: The complete rags
Studio Master: CDA68391/2  RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It’s a red-letter day to have William Bolcom’s Rags recorded as an entity, in great sound … Bolcom’s a fine pianist, too, so the writing is idiomatic, gratefully seized upon by Marc-André Hamelin who plays these upbeat, sentimental and whimsical, laidback and scintillating, unfailingly tuneful pieces not only with virtuosity but also insouciance and relish that transmits itself openly to the listener revelling in the sheer variety of Bolcom’s invention’ (colinscolumn.com)» More
1 June 2022

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 & Moments musicaux
Studio Master: CDA68365  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Osborne works wonders as he renders the monstrously dense textures of the sonata pellucid and lends its meandering melodies direction, meanwhile giving the finale its full measure of infernal madness. Resisting every temptation to overplay, Osborne shapes confusion into dramatic purpose, lovingly enveloping the whole in imaginative insight … one is left wondering where, in the first quarter of the 21st century, one might turn for more idiomatic, more intelligent or more beautiful Rachmaninov-playing’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2022

Schubert: 21 Songs
Studio Master: CDA68169  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This recital collects 21 of Schubert’s best-loved songs in an attractive bouquet of moods … there is much to enjoy here … every note is delivered with white-hot sincerity in Coote’s rich-toned voice … Drake’s piano similarly glows; he draws an exquisite sound from the instrument, the playing consistently elegant and restrained … the recording quality is clear and warm’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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30 May 2022
Classics Today, Jed Distler
Bargiel: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2
Studio Master: CDA68342  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Hyperion’s Leonore Trio raises the bar regarding forceful accents, emotional urgency, and dynamic contrast, especially in their faster, gruffer Scherzo movements. Peter Avis’ informative booklet notes and Hyperion’s superb engineering further tilt this release’s recommendable scales’ (Classics Today)
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