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Among the notable musical anniversaries of 2020, Hyperion’s fortieth birthday is certainly one worth shouting about. And, in modest recognition of the event, we’ve compiled a personal list of just a few of our all-time favourite albums. As you’d expect from Hyperion, there’s a startlingly wide range of artists, composers, repertoire and styles on show. But this isn’t a ‘best of’. Some are famous recordings, others less so. Some are award-winners—and, for an independent label, we’ve harvested an enviable crop of classical music’s most prestigious awards over the decades—others, although equally outstanding, are not. Some are recent releases, while others date back to our earliest years. But what unites them all is the Hyperion spirit—these are recordings which simply had to be made, and without which the canon of recorded music would be infinitely poorer. They exemplify what Hyperion has always done best, and will continue to do as we embark on the next forty years.
From LSO Live this month we have an all-too-rare recording of Christus am Ölberge by Beethoven. The composer's only oratorio, this fascinating work was first performed on 5 April 1803, sharing the platform with the second symphony and third piano concerto. Sir Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and soloists Elsa Dreisig, Pavol Breslik and David Soar trace the narrative from the despair of Jesus' impending arrest to the glorious revelation of victory over the powers of hell.
The cantata Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten has been recorded many times before, but rarely with the raw enthusiasm we find here, as the Crouch End Festival Chorus joins with a remarkable primary school choir and others (over 200 voices all told), soloist Mark Le Brocq and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Under the baton of David Temple the coupling on this new album from Signum Classics is a fine performance of A Ceremony of Carols. The composer would surely have smiled. 'Music to an imaginary ballet' is the composer's subtitle to the main work on The warriors & other orchestral works by Percy Grainger. Recorded by Geoffrey Simon and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1989, this re-issue on the Cala Signum label includes several other rarities, as well as some favourites, from this most maverick of composers.
Originally released by Collegium in 1987, Christmas Night remains one of the finest Christmas albums of its kind. Always cherished by conductor John Rutter, this newly remastered version brings the glorious sound of The Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia fully to life—a classic recording to be enjoyed anew.
Three enchanting works from one of the UK’s most accomplished contemporary composers: Errollyn Wallen’s Peace on Earth & other choral works depicts the mystery and exhilaration of faith. Sir Stephen Cleobury conducted King's College Choir Cambridge for this new EP on the choir's own label.
A Schubert Journey brings together the eight Signum albums released over the last couple of years which captured Llŷr Williams' acclaimed series of Schubert recitals in Cardiff. All the composer's sonatas from 1817 are included (the earlier works surviving only in fragmentary form) as well as a collection of his Lieder as transcribed by Liszt and more.
A debut album on Signum Classics this month, Between the clouds introduces violinist Charlie Siem and pianist Itamar Golan, this accomplished duo presenting a virtuosic programme which embraces music by Kreisler, Sarasate, Paganini, Elgar, Wieniawski, and others.
A second instalment in their Advent Live mini-series on Signum finds St John's College Choir Cambridge and director Andrew Nethsingha revisiting favourite moments from—predominantly—the broadcasts of 2018 and 2019. This season of the Church's year is particularly rich in musical provision, and elicits from these elite singers performances across a widely varied repertoire.
Continuing an enterprising series of re-issues, Cala Signum presents Sibelius Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 in the inspired readings set down by Leopold Stokowski, the Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra (No 1) and the NBC Symphony Orchestra (No 2) in the early 1950s. And on the main Signum label we have The colour of intention, a second set of newly composed jazz numbers from vibraphonist Lewis Wright, here joined by Matt Brewer on double bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.