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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 cover
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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov', Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
The prospect of hearing Alina Ibragimova in two of the most important concertos written for the violin is in itself irresistibly enticing, but Shostakovich aficionados will also welcome an opportunity to hear the rarely performed original opening to...
Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Michael Fanfare cover
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HERBERT HOWELLS
Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Michael Fanfare
The Bach Choir, BBC Concert Orchestra / David Hill
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
It was The Bach Choir (under Sir David Willcocks) which played an important role in helping rehabilitate the Missa Sabrinensis, and this fine recording with David Hill marks a significant new chapter in the work's performance history.
Rachmaninov: Songs cover
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Rachmaninov: Songs
Julia Sitkovetsky, Roger Vignoles
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
Rachmaninov's songs all date from the first half of his artistic life, before he left post-revolutionary Russia. They are exquisite, and this recital from Julia Sitkovetsky and Roger Vignoles includes some of the finest, culminating with the much...
MacMillan: Symphony No 4 / Viola Concerto cover
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JAMES MacMILLAN
MacMillan: Symphony No 4 / Viola Concerto
Lawrence Power (viola), BBC Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
MacMillan's viola concerto was written for Lawrence Power, who brings a unique authority to this, its first recording. The fourth symphony-a major addition to the repertoire-is a generous and appropriate coupling, both works incorporating and...
Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet cover
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CLARA SCHUMANN / FANNY MENDELSSOHN
Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet
The Nash Ensemble
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
A release which celebrates the talents and importance of the 'other' Mendelssohn and Schumann, who emerge from the shadows of their illustrious family names in a blaze of triumphant chamber music.
Beethoven: The Piano Concertos cover
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BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Stephen Hough, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu
[ Hyperion / 3 CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
Hearing Stephen Hough over the course of one of music's most exhilarating odysseys is not an opportunity to be missed, especially when that odyssey encompasses the five piano concertos of Beethoven. Recorded following a cycle of live performances in...
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets cover
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EDWARD ELGAR / AMY BEACH
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets
Takács Quartet, Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
Amy Beach's piano quintet proved a deservedly popular success in its early years. It makes a compelling-and surprising-match for Elgar's own piano quintet: a late work contemporary with the cello concerto, and which inhabits the same emotional landsc
Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood cover
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PARRY / STANFORD / GRAY / WOOD
Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
Stanford's eight-part Latin Magnificat was posthumously dedicated to Parry, whose own Songs of farewell are unmistakably valedictory in mood. Personal as well as musical associations run deep in this poignantly expressive programme from Westminster...
Bach: The Cello Suites cover
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: The Cello Suites
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 29/Mar/2019 ]
Those elusive qualities of 'transcendental beauty paired with an enchanting simplicity', eloquently glossed by Alban Gerhardt in his booklet note, might also be said to characterize his playing in this outstanding new recording.
Faure: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 cover
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GABRIEL FAURE
Faure: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2
Alban Gerhardt (cello) Cecile Licad (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 1/Jan/2012 ]
Editor's Choice Gramophone April 2012
Brahms: Violin Sonatas cover
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien
[ Hyperion / CD - released 30/Aug/2019 ]
Matchless accounts of Brahms at his most lyrically reflective, plus a benedictory encore by Clara Schumann: this is another outstanding release from today's pre-eminent violin and piano partnership.
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 3 cover
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 3
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 26/Mar/2017 ]
"Avoiding the twin traps of over-inflation and simpering coyness, the symbiotic partnership of Tiberghien and Ibragimova respect the music's innocence while relishing every tiny opportunity for mischief and humour." Gramophone Editor's Choice
Vierne & Franck: Violin Sonatas cover
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LOUIS VIERNE / CESAR FRANCK
Vierne & Franck: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 1/Mar/2019 ]
"This is simply superb in every way…Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien are typically outstanding throughout, playing with exceptional control without ever forsaking spontaneity…Make no mistake,..." BBC Music Award Finalist 2020
Bach: The Six Partitas cover
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: The Six Partitas
Angela Hewitt
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 29/Nov/2019 ]
"..what impresses most is Hewitt's sheer joy and sense of wonder in Bach's creative genius." BBC Music Five Stars Recording of the Month Feb 2020
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 2/1, 14/2, 53 & 54 cover
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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 2/1, 14/2, 53 & 54
Angela Hewitt (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
"As you might expect, her way with the fingery textures of the first movement [of the Waldstein] is dexterous and effortless, while the repeated left-hand chords have a crispness about them." Gramophone
St Nicolas / Hymn to St Cecilia cover
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN
St Nicolas / Hymn to St Cecilia
Anthony Rolf Johnson (tenor) Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
[ Hyperion Helios / CD - released 1/Nov/2009 ]
"A fresh and atmospheric account of Britten's colourful cantata" Penguin Guide
The Bach Family: Magnificats cover
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J.S. BACH / C.P.E. BACH / J.C. BACH
The Bach Family: Magnificats
Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 16/Feb/2018 ]
"You would be hard-pressed to find a more illuminating disc than this latest offering from Arcangelo" BBC Music Choral & Song Choice March 2018
Stojowski / Wieniawski: Violin Concertos cover
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STOJOWSKI / WIENIAWSKI
Stojowski / Wieniawski: Violin Concertos
Bartłomiej Nizioł (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz (conductor)
[ Hyperion Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 20 / CD - released 29/Jul/2016 ]
The music of Zygmunt Stojowski has yet to benefit from the renaissance enjoyed by other Polish composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His violin concerto - enthusiastically received at its premiere - is here revivified...
Sibelius: Kullervo cover
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JEAN SIBELIUS
Sibelius: Kullervo
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard
[ Hyperion / CD - released 28/Jun/2019 ]
While 'Kullervo' represents just the confident first step in Sibelius's symphonic odyssey, it is also a viscerally exciting experience on its own terms- little wonder the first performance in 1892 was such a triumph for the young composer. An...
Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria
The Binchois Consort / Andrew Kirkman
[ Hyperion / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
Admirers of Andrew Kirkman and The Binchois Consort will know what to expect of this group's recordings: not only carefully crafted programmes delivered with idiomatic flair (both of which may be taken for granted), but also lavishly illustrated...
Schubert:die Schone Mulleri cover
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Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor; Lupi: Te Deum & motet cover
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LUPUS HELLINCK / JOHNANNES LUPI
Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor; Lupi: Te Deum & motet
The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice
[ Hyperion / CD - released 7/Feb/2020 ]
Mining the rich musical seam of the Low Countries, Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble have once again unearthed sixteenth-century treasure in the works of Lupus Hellinck and Johannes Lupi.
A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey cover
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A CHRISTMAS CAROLL
A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey
The Choir of Westminster Abbey / James O'Donnell (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 1/Nov/2008 ]
"The Christmas Eve carol service at Westminster Abbey is one of the most warming events in the festive calendar, and this CD captures the atmosphere beautifully … The singing is a constant delight" (Daily Telegraph)
Bruckner: Mass in F Minor / Psalm 150 cover
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ANTON BRUCKNER
Bruckner: Mass in F Minor / Psalm 150
Corydon Singers / Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best
[ Hyperion Helios / CD - released 10/Oct/2011 ]
"Quite magnificent … hoping for a better all-round performance than this is probably an impossible dream!" (Gramophone)
Poulenc: Voyage a Paris cover
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FRANCIS POULENC
Poulenc: Voyage a Paris
Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)
[ Hyperion Helios / CD - released 10/May/2011 ]
'Highly desirable' - BBC Record Review
Schubert: Schwanengesang; Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge cover
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FRANZ SCHUBERT / JOHANNES BRAHMS
Schubert: Schwanengesang; Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge
Gerald Finley (baritone) Julius Drake (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 27/Sep/2019 ]
An inspired coupling of two contrasting yet complementary sets of 'swansongs'. Despite the three decades separating Brahms' and Schubert's ages at the time of writing, both are among their composers' very final works, poignant reflections on the...
The London Haydn Quartet cover
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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 71 & 74
The London Haydn Quartet
[ Hyperion / CD - released 27/Sep/2019 ]
Cramer: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 cover
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JOHANN BAPTIST CRAMER
Cramer: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5
Howard Shelley, London Mozart Players / Howard Shelley
[ Hyperion / CD - released 28/Jun/2019 ]
Listening to these fluent, expressive performances, it's difficult to see how even Cramer-one of the great virtuosos of his day-could have matched the effortless mastery so characteristic of Howard Shelley's pianism.
Sterndale Bennett: Piano Concertos Nos 1-3 cover
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SIR WILLIAM STERNDALE BENNETT
Sterndale Bennett: Piano Concertos Nos 1-3
Howard Shelley (piano) / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
[ Hyperion / CD - released 2/Mar/2018 ]
The 'air-spun brilliance and stylistic elegance' which Gramophone so admired in Howard Shelley's previous recording of Sterndale Bennett is in abundant evidence in this new release of the first three piano concertos.
Complete Schubert Edition: Die Schone Mullerin cover
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SCHUBERT
Complete Schubert Edition: Die Schone Mullerin
Ian Bostridge (tenor) Graham Johnson (piano) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (reader)
[ Hyperion 30 / CD - released 1/Oct/2010 ]
GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER - PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE - GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE / CRITICS' CHOICE
Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum cover
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ANTON BRUCKNER
Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum
Joan Rodgers (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (alto), Keith Lewis (tenor) / Croydon Singers & Croydon Orchestra, Matthew Best
[ Hyperion Helios / CD - released 10/Mar/2010 ]
"Highest honours must go to the outstanding 140-voice chorus who sing with earth-shattering conviction, utmost clarity of diction and enviable precision of ensemble and intonation." BBC Music Magazine
Rozycki: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Ballade in G major cover
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LUDOMIR ROZYCKI
Rozycki: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Ballade in G major
Jonathan Plowright (piano) / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz
[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos Vol 67 / CD - released 22/Jan/2016 ]
'Both the pianist Jonathan Plowright and conductor Łukasz Borowicz are champions of neglected Polish music and this disc's place in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series makes it self-recommending' (BBC Music Magazine)
Friedman & Różycki: Piano Quintets cover
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LUDOMIR ROZYCKI / IGNACY FRIEDMAN
Friedman & Różycki: Piano Quintets
Jonathan Plowright (piano) / Szymanowski Quartet
[ Hyperion / CD - released 1/Sep/2016 ]
'[Jonathan Plowright] is this outstanding British pianist in whose debt we are once more for this second Różycki resurrection … the excellent Szymanowski Quartet [exploits] to the full Friedman's civilised five-way conversation' (Gramophone)
The Princess and the Bear: Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino / Beethoven: Trio / Glinka: Trio pathétique cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS / LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN / MIKHAIL GLINKA
The Princess and the Bear: Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino / Beethoven: Trio / Glinka: Trio pathétique
Laurence Perkins (bassoon), with Sarah Watts (clarinet), Martin Roscoe (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sian Edwards (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 27/Jul/2018 ]
"[the Glinka] finds Watts and Perkins squaring off and duetting like protagonists from one of the bel canto operas that inspired it, while Roscoe accompanies them with understated subtlety." Gramophone
Parry: Piano Trio No 2 / Piano Quartet cover
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SIR HUBERT PARRY
Parry: Piano Trio No 2 / Piano Quartet
Leonore Piano Trio
[ Hyperion / CD - released 28/Jun/2019 ]
After a successful rehearsal of his piano quartet in 1879, Parry declared that he was 'wild with delight'. He could have been no less enthusiastic on hearing this dynamic account from the Leonore Piano Trio with violist Rachel Roberts.
Lassen / Scharwenka / Langgaard: The Romantic Violin Concerto cover
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LASSEN / SCHARWENKA / LANGGAARD
Lassen / Scharwenka / Langgaard: The Romantic Violin Concerto
Linus Roth (violin) / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Antony Hermus
[ Hyperion Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 22 / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
"Roth plays with almost missionary zeal, he and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under Antony Hermus, making a convincing case for these works to be more widely performed." The Observer
Haydn: String Quartets Op 20 'Sun' (2 CDs) cover
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JOSEF HAYDN
Haydn: String Quartets Op 20 'Sun' (2 CDs)
The London Haydn Quartet
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 10/Oct/2011 ]
Gramophone Magazine: Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2011 - "their performances often seem strikingly austere, and will not be to all tastes; they sometimes have a rawness that harks back to the early hair-shirt days of the period-instrument...
Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in B minor (with Schulz-Evler - Russian Rhapsody, Op. 14) cover
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MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI
Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in B minor (with Schulz-Evler - Russian Rhapsody, Op. 14)
Ludmil Angelov (piano) / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kiradjiev
[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos Vol 68 / CD - released 5/Jun/2016 ]
"Ludimol Angelov plays with enviable fluency and affection" (InternationalPiano)
Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring & Other Works for Two Pianos Four Hands cover
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IGOR STRAVINSKY
Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring & Other Works for Two Pianos Four Hands
Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 16/Feb/2018 ]
"Hamelin and Andsnes are irresistibly clear and energetic...For sheer articulacy, synchronised gymnastics, flawless balance, range of colour and flinty attack, or any other criterion you care to reach for, this is breathtaking" Gramophone
Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 1 (2 CDs) cover
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JOSEF HAYDN
Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 1 (2 CDs)
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 25/Apr/2007 ]
"The Hamelin charisma is stamped on this music from the first Sonata of the set, one of Haydn's greatest, No 50 in C major. In the opening movement, staccatos are as crisp as the best melba toast and, where lesser pianists rattle, Hamelin creates...