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Handel | Israel in Egypt

Handel | Israel in Egypt

**** The Guardian 'It’s a winner' Record Review, BBC Radio 3 'This performance is a real joy' The Classical Reviewer

Christane Karg | Scene!

Christane Karg | Scene!

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE **** The Guardian 'Karg is devastating in the acuity of her dramatic insight and emotional power, Cohen and his band are stylishly super-articulate, Martineau is a quiet demon on his Hammerflugel, while Pogostkina and her violin tone would melt polar ice. The disc is so packed with musical and textural variety, blinding performances, and the drop-dead gorgeous voice of Christiane Karg as its molten core, it's almost beyond description' Herald Scotland

Schmitt | Orchestral Music

Schmitt | Orchestral Music

'This is exhilarating stuff on a big—make that B-I-G—scale … and Hyperion delivers cold, colorful sonics—almost SACD quality—to match' American Record Guide

Parry | Choral Music

Parry | Choral Music

RECORDING OF THE MONTH MusicWeb International 'The performances on this disc achieve the highest standards. The sound is excellent; the choir is well focussed and ‘present’ while the organ is reported thrillingly … a magnificent disc' MusicWeb International * * * * * Recording BBC Music Magazine

Poulenc | Gloria and Motets

Poulenc | Gloria and Motets

GRAMOPHONE AWARDS SHORTLIST 2008 GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 'A beautifully produced disc' The Guardian 'If there's a recording out there that does more to honor Poulenc's intentions in his spiky, delightfully off-centred setting of the church's ode to the glory of God, I haven't heard it' American Record Guide

Byrd | |The Three Masses

Byrd | |The Three Masses

'Aided by the clarity of the recording, which nevertheless gives a sense of the ambiance of the Cathedral, all four parts (Agnus Dei, 4-part mass) shine through in a balance between the voices achieved at least as well as on any other recording … if I could have 24-bit sound on the island, the new Hyperion would have to be my first choice. It also sounds fine even in mp3' MusicWeb International * * * * * The Observer

Incarnation

Incarnation

* * * * * Performance & Recording 'A wonderful Christmas offering: treat yourself or one of your friends, or both, to it.' BBC Music Magazine 'The Gabrieli Consort's sequence of a cappella Christmas music is my highlight of this year's offerings ... Flawless performances in the radiant acoustics of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, make this an utterly compelling disc' Choir and Organ

A French Baroque Diva

A French Baroque Diva

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE GRAMOPHONE AWARD 2015 WINNER [RECITAL CATEGORY] * * * * * Recording BBC Music Magazine 'The sound is up to Hyperion’s usual standard, capturing Sampson’s voice extremely well, in a natural balance. The whole production has provided me with hours of pleasure' International Record Review

Matthew Martin | Jubilate Deo

Matthew Martin | Jubilate Deo

The performances are very fine. The choir sings incisively and technically it is extremely proficient. The singers put the music across with great conviction. The organ parts frequently sound very demanding... Both choir and organ have been expertly recorded. MusicWeb International

Howells | Requiem

Howells | Requiem

GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2012 GRAMOPHONE CHOICE BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE CHORAL CHOICE '…a recital of many highlights… this is a perfect disc of its kind' Gramophone 'This is a fine progamme for Howells fans … Layton elicits a gentleness of tone from sopranos which casts such muscular writing as found in Take him, earth, for cherishing in a new, mature light' Choir & Organ

Poulenc | Figure Humaine

Poulenc | Figure Humaine

'The awards jury says … Poulenc's Figure Humaine makes extreme demands on ensemble and intonation, as plenty of commercial recordings can prove. Nigel Short's Tenebrae is astonishing, and instead of being diverted by the musical struggle, you're free to focus on Eluard's texts. The sense of liberation at the end is no less powerfully expressed, and as a showcase for Poulenc's choral writing, I'm finding it hard to imagine this recital being bettered' BBC Music Magazine

Chilcott | St John Passion

Chilcott | St John Passion

'This is an appealing, sincere and expertly crafted score and hearing it again in this very fine recording has moved me as much as that first performance. The recorded sound is excellent' MusicWeb International 'On the evidence of this fine recording, Chilcott's St John Passion will connect with audiences and performers' Choir & Organ

Briggs | Mass for Notre Dame

Briggs | Mass for Notre Dame

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE I can confidently say that this recording is one of the finest CDs of sacred choral and organ music you’ll ever hear. I’m not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes; listeners who are churchgoers and nonbelievers alike will find this disc a profoundly moving experience' Gramophone

Cochereau | Improvisations

Cochereau | Improvisations

'Filsell painstakingly transcribed these improvisations note-for-note and plays them with all the rhythmic drive and paragraphic sweep heard in Cochereau’s own playing. This disc reveals how well pure, unfettered Cochereau retains its vitality and inspiration channeled through Filsell’s less freewheeling, more Apollonian temperament. The organ of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral may not match the Notre-Dame instrument’s opulence, yet it serves the music as much as Filsell' ClassicsToday.com

The King's Singers | Postcards

The King's Singers | Postcards

'Typically immaculate performances of songs collected by the King's Singers on their global travels, and used as encores. Velvet vocal blending is a given, and mellifluous arrangements' BBC Music Magazine

VOCES8 | LUX

VOCES8 | LUX

CLASSIC FM CD OF THE WEEK '...a superior vocal ensemble...As we have come to expect, the eight voices blend perfectly together and the effect is hauntingly beautiful' Classic FM

Dupré Organ Works | Vol 1

Dupré Organ Works | Vol 1

'The recorded sound is alive and agreeable' The American Organist 'This series forms an important release, especially to those who are interested in French music between Franck and Messiaen. With Dupré’s complete organ works now readily accessible, performers, listeners and scholars will be able to assess fully Marcel Dupré the composer' Choir & Organ

Handel | Finest Arias

Handel | Finest Arias

GRAMOPHONE 'CHOICE' BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE OPERA 'CHOICE' 'One to treasure both for the sensitive and well-sustained singing of Christopher Purves and for the wonderfully wide expressive range of Handel's music … enjoyment is further enhanced by excellent support from the instrumental ensemble Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen's sympathetic direction' BBC Music Magazine

Beauty and the Beatbox

Beauty and the Beatbox

'Added to the mix this time is vocal percussion where all the sounds come from the voice or parts of the body – it's extraordinary' Choir & Organ

The Song of the Severn

The Song of the Severn

'Ian Venables is a significant contributor to the English song repertoire and tradition. I would urge all those who appreciate English songs to investigate this excellent CD' MusicWeb International

Vierne Symphonies

Vierne Symphonies

'Filsell, famously untroubled by technical demands, concentrates on wringing every last drop of sonority in deeply-felt, idiomatic performances' BBC Music Magazine 'The recording is amongst the best of St Ouen, blending individual colour and clarity with acoustic swirl and overall character of this famous instrument' CD News

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