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Det engelska kvalitetsmärket Hyperion har vunnit mängder av priser genom åren, som till exempel otaliga Gramophone Awards. Labeln är bland annat känd för fina pianoinspelningar med solister som Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Nikolai Demidenko och Angela Hewitt. Du hittar flera av dessa bland höstens kampanjskivor.

Dessutom är vi speciellt glada att kunna presentera skivan med Sibeliussånger med den svenska mezzo-sopranen Katarina Karnéus till specialpris.
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Image Songs
Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano)

Robert Layton, who has provided the booklet notes for this album, describes the treasure-trove of Sibelius's songs as one of music's best-kept secrets. The composer wrote a surprisingly large number of songs throughout his life, and anybody who responds to the Nordic spirit and subject-matter of the symphonies and other orchestral music will find much to please them here. They are tuneful, passionate and evocative of the northern latitudes. Virtually all of them are in Swedish which, although he was Finnish, was Sibelius's first language, but the Opus 50 set is in German. There are no fewer than seven settings of the composer's favourite poet of the northern landscapes, Johan Runeberg, including two of Sibelius's best-known songs, 'The tryst' and 'The first kiss'.

79 kr
Image Piano Sonatas
Steven Osborne has been performing Beethoven live in concert for many years, always to great acclaim. Now for the first time he has committed these extraordinary performances to disc. It is clear from listening to the opening movement of the 'Moonlight' that this release will establish him firmly as one of the great Beethoven pianists of today. Performances of such passionate humility, such musical intelligence, such subtlety and yet such instinctive understanding of the music are rare indeed. This disc features three of Beethoven's most celebrated sonatas and the miniature Op 79.

149 kr
Image Humoreske

Angela Hewitt’s recent Schumann performances in the concert hall were praised for their ‘urgency, jubilation and introspection’ and ‘power and finesse’. Now for the first time she has recorded two of his greatest piano works for Hyperion. Her clean, thoughtful, incisively musical playing which nevertheless allows a flow of passion to be released is perfectly suited to this music.

The Sonata in F sharp minor Op 11 was described by the composer to his beloved Clara Wieck as ‘a cry from my heart
to yours’. From the arresting opening to the bouncing Allegro vivace of the first movement and through to the majestic,
orchestral-sounding finale, Clara’s imprints are everywhere in the work and Angela Hewitt traces this influence in her scholarly yet deeply personal booklet notes. Humoreske in B flat major was also written for Clara, and is a study of changing and ambiguous moods, melancholy tempered with tenderness, interspersed with dazzling bravura moments including one of the most difficult passages in all his piano works — a breathtaking emotional tour de force.

Also available on Super Audio CD: SACDA 67618

149 kr
Image Passion & Division

Susanne Heinrich's first solo release for Hyperion was a deliciously atmsopheric award-winning disc of music by Abel. She continues her exploration of the world of the viol with this fascinating selection of works by the English composer Tobias Hume. Hume is a paradoxical figure: sometime mercenary solider and popularly described as a dilettante, the suggestive titles of some of these pieces reinforce that picture-a picture that is belied by the music itself. Many of these works show a deep understanding of pure, translucent emotion, as if to take a magnifying glass straight to the core of one's feelings. A sense of melancholy and sadness, enhanced by Heinrich's sympathetic playing, entices the listener into a world of dark enchantment.

149 kr
Image Piano Trios

The Florestan Trio is one of Britian's best-loved chamber groups, and its many Hyperion recordings are routinely acclaimed as benchmark versions of the repertoire. After delighting listeners and critics with two discs of Dvorák, the ensemble now further explores the Czech piano trio repertoire. The three works on this CD cover the complete span of what is usually thought of as the Czech school of composition. Smetana, regarded as the founding father, first showed the way to bring traditional dance and song into the mainstream of European composition, forging a national style. Eben, who died in 2007, was one of the most distinguished composers who carried this line to the present day. But, as these three contrasting pieces demonstrate, Czech composers were subject to very different kinds of influence at different times. Smetana's Piano Trio, an early work, shows more influence from the mainstream giants of the time-particularly Schumann and Liszt-than it does from any 'folk' elements. By the time Martinuo wrote his first Piano Trio, he was immersed in the exciting cosmopolitan culture of twentieth-century Paris. And Petr Eben took the neoclassicism of Martinuo and his contemporaries, and developed his own individual approach to it.

149 kr
Image Concertos
Mozart's sublime Oboe Concerto and Bassoon Concerto (he wrote only one of each) are conjured into thrilling life by Arcangelo under the direction of Jonathan Cohen. In the Haydn Sinfonia concertantewritten at the very zenith of the composer's artistic popularityfour soloists combine with the orchestra in a spiral of theatrical competition.

159 kr
Image Piano Music
Sam Haywood, piano

In 1989 the young pianist Sam Haywood was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Julius Isserlis Scholarship. Years later, having become friends with Julius's grandson Steven, Sam came across some of Julius's piano compositions in a drawer at the house of George, Julius's son. The editions were unclear and full of printing errors; so, struck by the beauty of the music, Sam decided to make his own edition, the fruits of which are to be heard on this recording.

Julius Isserlis was born in 1888 in Kishinev (now Chisinau in Moldova, though then part of Russia). He studied with, among others, Taneyev and Widor. As a Jew, he was exiled from Moscow, escaped from Vienna in 1938 and spent the rest of his life in London.

Isserlis's greatest passion was for the music of Frédéric Chopin, who seems to have been his strongest influence. Nevertheless, his music retains its own very distinctive voice. Many of the short pieces are in minor keys and are pervaded by a yearning melancholy reminiscent of Slavic songs and folk dances. The playful virtuosity of several of the works is an indication not only of Isserlis's own agility on the keyboard but also of that of their dedicatees (including Pablo Casals, who inspired the Ballade for cello and piano for which Sam Haywood is here joined by Steven Isserlis).

149 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: The Complete Songs
Felicity Lott
Ailish Tynan
Agnieszka Adamczak
Nicole Tibbels
Sarah Fox
Sarah-Jane Brandon
Geraldine McGreevy
Susan Bickley
Ben Johnson
Robin Tritschler
Christopher Maltman
Ivan Ludlow
Brandon Velarde
Ashley Riches
Neal Davies
Pierre Bernac

Graham Johnson, piano

Graham Johnson is simply the greatest living authority on French song; an artist whose innate feeling for the music is combined with prodigious scholarship. He also has the ability to discover and nurture singers who here prove to be matchless performers of this repertoire.

Following his many wonderful recordings in Hyperion's French Song Edition, Johnson turns to the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, released also to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death. Each of the four CDs presents a programme of songs in an order that is chronological for that disc alone-signifying four different journeys through the composer's career. Disc 1 features a substantial appearance, recorded in 1977, of Pierre Bernac (Poulenc's long-term collaborator)-narrating L'histoire de Babar, a story known to children throughout the world. The singers include Dame Felicity Lott, acclaimed as one of the foremost performers of Poulenc, and many other stars from previous recordings.

447 kr
Image Piano Concertos
Piers Lane (piano),
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,
Howard Shelley (conductor)

A real rarity from Hyperion's Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment.

Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. His stature as a leading figure within the British music scene was publicly acknowledged in 1975 when he was appointed to the esteemed post of Master of the Queen's Music in succession to Sir Arthur Bliss. But today he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed.

This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom.

The third concerto is perhaps the masterpiece, a huge and complex work. The fourth was written in 1993/4 and appears here as its world premiere performance and recording.

Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

298 kr
Image Symphonic Metamorphosis / Mathis der Maler
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

This album contains Hindemith's most popular orchestral works, including the Balanchine-choreographed Symphonic Metamorphosis, performed with lapidary precision and great empathy by Hyperion regulars the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, who have proved themselves consummate interpreters of this composer. Countermanding his reputation a composer of grim, gritty music, this is Hindemith at his most genuinely enjoyable-as Gavin Plumley writes in his informative booklet notes: 'Hindemith's music is both intelligible and intellectual, as entertaining as it is finely wrought'.

149 kr
Image Novelletten & Nachtstücke
In this new album Danny Driver brings his impeccable pianism, consummate style and imagination to Schumann's Novelletten and Nachtstücke, less well-known sets from his extraordinary output for the piano.

Schumann wrote Nachtstücke, a set of four character pieces, upon the death of his brother, and would have entitled it 'Corpse Fantasia' were it not for Clara's intervention. The eight pieces of the Novelletten form what is at once the largest and the least known among Schumann's major piano cycles. The music itself is of consistently high quality (years later, Schumann himself still regarded this among his most successful works), and clearly written in an exultant mood.

149 kr
Image A Ship With Unfurled Sails
The State Choir Latvija / Maris Sirmais

The Latvian choral tradition is admired worldwide, and the nation's composers for these forces are writing overwhelmingly spiritual music-perhaps a reaction to the suppression of that material by the Soviets. But here the Latvian State Choir do the honour of turning to a British composer-albeit one who has immersed himself in the contemporary Baltic sound-world. Gabriel Jackson's sumptuous choral textures and beautiful, yet individual, harmonic language respond thrillingly to the Latvian treatment.

149 kr
Image Piano Quintets
Piers Lane, piano
Goldner String Quartet

Two chamber masterpieces from nineteenth-century Russia, performed by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet.

Taneyev has been known as the 'Russian Brahms' and this epithet is particularly apposite when considering his Piano Quintet in G minor, especially as regards both its instrumental writing and its intellectual passion. Composed in 1911, this massive work bids fair for the accolade of the greatest work in the Russian piano-chamber repertoire before Shostakovich's Piano Quintet of 1940. Only the extravagance of its technical demands can explain its failure to establish itself in the standard repertoire.

Arensky's Piano Quintet of 1900 is less monumental and less flamboyant, though not exactly short of fireworks, especially in the piano writing. It is a deeply attractive and enjoyable work-and equally little-known on the concert platform.

149 kr
Image Don Quixote / Till Eulenspiegel
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln / Markus Stenz
Alban Gerhardt - cello
Lawrence Power - viola

Strauss's 'Fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character', as Don Quixote is subtitled, is one of the composer's most popular tone poems, principally because of the beautifully drawn central characters of the Don (performed by a solo cellist) and Sancho Panza (viola). These roles are luxuriously cast in this new recording, being taken by Hyperion artists Alban Gerhardt and Lawrence Power. The merry tale of Till Eulenspiegel completes this release.

The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, the very orchestra which gave the premieres of both works in the 1890s, is conducted by Markus Stenz, who has held the position of Principal Conductor since 2003. He visited China with the orchestra in early 2008 and conducted their first ever BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in August 2008. In September 2010 he returned to China with the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Opera of Cologne to conduct the first ever production of Wagner's 'Ring' in Shanghai. Among other posts he is Chief Guest Conductor of the Hallé.

149 kr
Image Canciones Espanolas
Sylvia Schwartz, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano

A deeply seductive album of Spanish songs by composers including Granados and Turina, performed by the young Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz, whose commitment to this repertoire is described above, and is evident from her utterly enchanting performances.

A work from Granados' Goyescas, perhaps more familiar in the piano version, opens the programme, which continues with Tonadillas en estilo antiguo, a set also inspired by the paintings of Goya and in which this soprano demonstrates her wonderful emotional and dramatic range. The folk-influenced set of songs by Guridi is a beautiful series of Castillan melodies, creatively transcribed by the composer with aplomb. The recital is completed by works by Turina, Toldrá and Montsalvage, including the latter's universally popular 'Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito'.

The 'Seis canciones castellanos' by Jesús Guridi-improbably lush late-Romantic effusions to have been written after the Spanish Civil War, in 1939 ... found the soprano in her best voice and most communicative form. The fourth song in particular-'No quiero tus avellanas'-was simply exquisite as a piece of sustained singing, beautiful as sound, meaningful as sense. The remaining two scheduled items, both also happily Spanish, found the soprano in ever more expansive and unbuttoned form ... if her name belies the connection, her wholly idiomatic singing of the repertoire certainly makes the matter of Schwartz's nationality crystal clear: this is music she was born to sing, and does so quite wonderfully ... in response to her warm reception she gave three encores, all of which played to her strengths. The first, Granados' 'La maja de Goya', was a lovely miniature of longing, sound and sense fully interlocking. OPERA BRITANNIA

149 kr
Image Piano Sonatas
Howard Shelley, piano

Howard Shelley continues his appraisal of a composer who in his lifetime was classed with Mozart and Beethoven, and enjoyed international fame and admiration. Shelley is a master of the Classical-Romantic style and in his hands the music of Spohr, heard very little today, reveals a freshness and excitement which is utterly beguiling.

Spohr's Piano Sonata and Rondoletto are paired with works by George Onslow, Spohr's exact contemporary. Both composers wrote very little piano music and this release comprises all their major works for the instrument. Again, music to charm and delight is rediscovered through Shelley's expert performances.

149 kr
Image Piano Sonatas
This is a programme of two near-contemporary pianist-composers strongest repertoire that I'd be delighted to hear from Steven Osborne in concert. It's worth bearing in mind that while the great conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov's favourite work was Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, he thought the lesser-know Medtner's piano writing the most perfect. Individuality shines in the composer's 'Sonata Romantica', composed in 1930 in the Russian's Paris exile. It's infinitely less tumultuous, more clearly profiled and even more playful than Rachmaninov's specimen also in B flat minor, also a work of genius though Osborne gives us perhaps too much of the original, extended version rather than the telescoped revision in his composite performance. *** --Sinfini Music, 21/8/14

149 kr
Image Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1 (The)
Howard Shelley - piano

Howard Shelley is acclaimed as the living master of early Romantic piano music. So much of this music was ignored throughout the twentieth century that there is still a sense of discovery at each new recording. Shelley here presents the first instalment of a six-volume set of Mendelssohn's complete solo piano music-perhaps the least well-known part of the composer's repertoire.

Mendelssohn composed or began nearly two hundred works for piano. Nevertheless, he saw only about seventy through the press, released in seventeen opera from the Capriccio Op 5 (1825) to the sixth volume of the Lieder ohne Worte Op 67 (1845). Some twenty-five additional pieces appeared posthumously in eleven additional opera. The remainder, whether fully drafted or fragmentary, were left to his musical estate or have disappeared.

Volume 1 includes Opp 5, 6, and 7, the first three piano compositions Mendelssohn published between 1825 and 1827, as well as Op 19b, the first volume of his Lieder ohne Worte, released in 1832.

149 kr
Image Missa Euge bone / Western Wynde Mass
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)

Christopher Tye flourished as a church musician in England during the mid-sixteenth century. A direct contemporary of Thomas Tallis, he held the prestigious post of Master of Choristers at Ely cathedral and successfully managed to compose music for both Protestant and Catholic services during a politically unstable time. Henry VIII was a fan, asserting: 'England one god, one truth, one doctor hath for music's art-and that is Dr Tye' (Tye himself had Protestant leanings).

The composer was also described as 'peevish and humoursome', and these qualities are reflected in his remarkably individual music, characterized by unpredictable cadences and phrases of often unexpectedly startling beauty. The two major works on this recording are his masterful Missa Euge bone for six voices, and his Western Wynde Mass, probably an early work, and likely written as a complement to John Taverner's own Mass based on this secular English song.

The peerless Westminster Abbey Choir directed by James O'Donnell performs these sparsely beautiful a cappella works with customary freshness and sense of grandeur.

149 kr
Image Symphony No. 7
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Donald Runnicles

Hyperion is delighted to present Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in his debut on the label. Runnicles commands his orchestra in Bruckner's most popular symphony-repertoire that is at the heart of his musical life, and in which he has few living equals. Recent concerts of the works of Bruckner and Wagner have received the highest critical praise, acknowledging the orchestra and their conductor as consummate performers of this music.

'For an orchestra who hadn't played Bruckner 7 since 1975, the BBCSSO sounded utterly on home territory. From the sumptuous opening cello theme to the finale's noble fanfares, this was a spacious, tender and beautifully poised performance ... it's not often you hear cries of "encore" after a Bruckner symphony, but I would gladly have heard this one repeated in full' (The Guardian)

149 kr
Image Homage to Paderewski
Jonathan Plowright, piano

Following the resounding success of Jonathan Plowright's 2010 Hommage à Chopin, the acclaimed British pianist becomes the first artist to record the album of works written and published in homage to one of the early twentieth century's most fascinating figures, Polish pianist, composer and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Of the twenty-two works on this recording, from composers including Bartók, Martinu and Milhaud, seventeen were intended for the memorial piano album Homage to Paderewski published by Boosey & Hawkes in New York in 1942. A further six pieces written for the pianist also feature, including a Mazurka for two pianos by Britten, for which Plowright is joined by Aaron Shorr.

Plowright performs these diverse works with flair and dedication.

Three Hungarian Folktunes, Sz. 65-66

Benjamin, A:
Elegiac Mazurka

Kujawiak-Obertas (No. 2 from Suite polonaise No. 2, Op. 31)

Mazurka Elegiaca op.23 no.2

Hommage à Paderewski

Étude symphonique Op. 28


Homage To Paderewski

Hammond, R:


Mazurka 'Homage to Paderewski', H. 284


In Memoriam Paderewski


Allegro danzante

Nocturne à Ragusa
Con tenerezza

Cradle Song

Étude in G major

Hommage, Op. 58, No. 2

Étude, Op. 44 No. 22

Chant du printemps, Op. 34, No. 1

149 kr
Image Endless border
Royal Holloway Choir / Rupert Gough

The Swede Bo Hansson is a man of many talents: a guitarist, and a composer of a wide range of music in folk and jazz idioms. Choral music might be a relatively recent departure for him but its roots run deep, back to the days of his childhood when he sang as a treble in his local choir. He has observed that 'the human voice is the closest you can come to your soul' and in that search he writes music that demands much of its performers in its sustained intensity of sound, a penchant for a cappella and a fresh way with word-setting even in the most established of texts, as in the darting energy of the Gloria from the Missa brevis.

Rupert Gough and his Royal Holloway Choir are no strangers to Hyperion, having previously made waves in music by Baltic composers Miškinis and Dubra. Here's yet another sign that he's one of the most exciting choral conductors of his generation.

149 kr
Image String Quartets
Dante Quartet

BBC Music Magazine award winners the Dante Quartet return for their third Hyperion recording with the string quartets of Smetana and Sibelius. This group, renowned for their inventive interpretations and sensitive articulation, capture perfectly the expressive intensity of these masterpieces.

Smetana's Quartet No 1 in E minor is entitled 'From my life' and musically chronicles his youth, loves and vocation, culminating with the onset of his deafness. The turbulent second Quartet in D minor serves as a sequel to the first, continuing Smetana's life story. The musical language is adventurous and unusual, speaking movingly of the composer's loss of his hearing.

Interestingly, Smetana and Sibelius, both renowned for their skilful dealing with symphonic forces poignantly turned to the intimacy of the string quartet form at specific points of crisis in their lives. Voces intimae is an intense precursor to Sibelius's tormented fourth Symphony, written at a time of profound depression.

These works give a unique insight into the private musical lives of their composers and are performed by the Dante Quartet with conviction and flawless technique.

149 kr
Image Ballad Singer, The
Gerald Finley, baritone
Julius Drake, piano

This latest release from the multi-award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake features a literary and musical form which inspired the greatest voices of German Romanticism. The foremost poets and composers of the age saw the ballad as a direct link to the folk-minstrels of the past. Frequently ghoulish and sensational in character, ballads satisfied the popular taste for the Gothic. This disc contains some of the greatest examples of the form, including Schubert's Erlkönig, as well as some fascinating and lesser-known works. The disc also includes selections from the everpopular English ballad tradition. Gerald Finley's unrivalled gift for characterization and story-telling, honed both on the stages of opera houses around the world and through his extraordinary Lieder recordings, makes him the ideal performer of these works. This is a genuinely entertaining and original disc.

149 kr
Image Piano Sonata
Danny Driver, piano

The monumental Piano Sonata in D minor was composed by a young Benjamin Dale while he was still a student at the Royal Academy of Music. Dale's contemporaries included the burgeoning composer-pianists Arnold Bax and York Bowen. Dale dedicated the sonata to his close friend Bowen, who gave the premiere of the work at the Academy in February 1905 and astonished listeners with its daring structural originality and thematic integrity and its breathtaking tonal colours. The elaborate form encompasses an impressive amalgamation of the traditional slow movement, scherzo and finale into an inventive set of variations. Also featured are Dale's charming Prunella and Night Fancies in which Dale explores impressionistic colourings. Rather aptly, the final work on the disc is the first recording of York Bowen's Miniature Suite in C major, the Humoresque of which is dedicated reciprocally to Dale. His expressive sensibility and remarkable dexterity make young British pianist Danny Driver the ideal advocate for this repertoire. His landmark interpretations of the Bowen Sonatas were met with huge critical acclaim and Driver performs this incredibly virtuosic music with apparent ease, passion and lyricism. This disc of eclectic and intricate piano music will surely enhance his reputation as one of Britain's finest pianists.

149 kr
Image Organ Music
D'Arcy Trinkwon
Marcussen organ of Tonbridge School Chapel

The Flemish composer-organist Flor Peeters was celebrated in his lifetime with a concert career that took him all around Europe, as well as to America, South Africa and Australia, while remaining the organist of St Rombout's Cathedral in Mechelen. He was trained as a Catholic church musician and Gregorian chant and the medieval modes remained a lifelong inspiration for his music.
His mature music is often described as neoclassical, and most of it is essentially polyphonic, with an emphasis on simplicity and clarity, transparent linear textures and pungent, incisive tone-colours. Peeters was an almost exact contemporary of Maurice Duruflé, who shared his love of plainsong and the modes. But where Duruflé, with a typically French sensibility, conjured subtle impressionist soundscapes from his modal language, Peeters preferred sharper contours and brighter colours-Van Gogh, perhaps, compared with Duruflé's Monet.
This disc includes a wide selection of his works for organ, encompassing large-scale concert works as well as some of his many chorale preludes. Peeters' vast and expertly crafted oeuvre-matched in its size and scope only by a handful of other organ composers - displays great contrast and imagination.

149 kr
Image Missa Ego sum qui sum
Although well known and highly regarded in his lifetime and in the years following his death in 1596, the music of Philippe Rogier is largely known (especially to English audiences) through one motet alone, Laboravi in gemitu meo. But there is much to explore in this genuinely underrated composer. Philippe Rogier was one of a long line of Flemish composers who worked at the Spanish court. The high regard that the musically astute Philip II held for Rogier was not misplaced, because he is one of the most fascinating and rewarding composers of the late sixteenth century: extraordinarily versatile, capable of plumbing the emotional depths in his penitential works (of which there are many) as well as exalting the heights in his festive music.

The main work on this disc includes the parody mass Missa Ego sum qui sum, based on a motet by Gombert. It must rank as one of the finest settings of the Mass ordinary of the late sixteenth century, dazzling in its invention and sheer beauty. Gombert had been one of the most influential composers of the post-Josquin period, developing a style of composition based on continuous imitation and almost relentless expressivity with an extraordinarily high level of dissonance. Rogier's Mass seems to be a tribute to this style.

Two twelve-part accompanied motets are recorded here, pointing to a well-developed polychoral tradition at the Spanish court. The remaining motets on this recording represent different facets of the composer: desperate cries in the pentitential works and sheer exuberance in Cantantibus organis, a motet in honour of St Cecilia.

149 kr
Image Cello Sonatas, Vol. 2
The mercurial partnership of Angela Hewitt and Daniel Müller-Schott brought 'overwhelming intensity and emotional gravitas' to a first disc of Beethoven's cello sonatas. Here in a second volume they present two more of these groundbreaking masterpieces, together with the composer's homages to Mozart and Handel-works which are equally important additions to the cello repertoire. Hewitt's characteristic digital dexterity and deep understanding of the classical style and Müller-Schott's vibrant playing combine to create performances of great energy and sensitivity that will delight their many fans. In a fascinating booklet note, Daniel Müller-Schott explores the evolution of Beethoven's works for cello from a musician's perspective, describing their revolutionary power and demonstrating the composer's multifarious imagination ['Mannigfachphantastische'].

149 kr
Image Piano Sonatas, The (2 CD)
The recent revival of York Bowen's music, very much spearheaded by Hyperion, has spawned a plethora of new recordings of his compositions, and won him many new admirers. Among the new releases, this disc of Bowen's piano sonatas is a uniquely important collection. It contains three premiere recordings, including two recordings of previously unpublished sonatas performed (with special permisson) from the manuscripts. It is thus the first ever recording of the complete sonatas - an unmissable opportunity for piano enthusiasts. Hyperion is delighted to welcome back the young virtuoso Danny Driver who was enthusiastically acclaimed for his masterly, stylish and technically dazzling performances of Bowen's Third and Fourth Piano Concertos, and described as an ideal performer of these works.

279 kr
Image Violin Sonatas
Hagai Shaham has made himself the master of the Hungarian idiom which prevailed in much Romantic violin music. He now turns to a composer who was one of the leading figures of new Hungarian music in the first few years of the twentieth century, although largely forgotten now. Leó Weiner was regularly hailed as the great new hope of Hungarian music-in 1908 one critic prophesied that he was the Hungarian symphonist that everyone had been waiting for. But in fact he did not produce any symphonies, and it was in chamber music that he fully achieved his early promise. Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez present a selection of Weiner's music for violin and piano-and it is easy to fathom from them why Weiner was such a much-loved figure. His music is fastidious, highly melodic and occasionally nostalgic in appeal-delightfully lyrical and sensitive. It has a highly developed sense of rhythm, especially dance rhythm, and is also highly accomplished technically, of quite admirable craftsmanship. His two important Sonatas for violin and piano are recorded here, and both demonstrate the German romanticism which penetrated his musical vocabulary. The remainder of this disc is centred on Weiner's works based upon different kinds of Hungarian folk tunes.

149 kr
Image Romantic Residues: Songs for tenor and harp
"[Gilchrist] is now unsurpassed among lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence"
(The Independent)

James Gilchrist is one of the finest British tenors of today, acclaimed as a concert soloist, a recitalist and a recording artist, each latest event eliciting more rapturous comments from critics and audience alike. In his first solo disc for Hyperion, he features in a fascinating recital of English, French and American music for tenor, harp and flute.

What do we remember of our past romantic encounters? This is the theme of 'Romantic Residues', the opening section of Vikram Seth's collection of verse All You Who Sleep Tonight, first published in 1990. There are nine poems in all, varying widely in content and mood-from the light and whimsical to the melancholy and dark. The songs were commissioned by the Bury St Edmunds Festival and composed for James Gilchrist and Alison Nicholls who gave the first performance. This charming, impeccably-performed collection of morceaux and mélodies also includes works by Britten, Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Fauré.

149 kr
Image Cello Concerto
The two works recorded here have an interestingly close musical relationship that is belied by their radically different sound-worlds. Prokofiev's first work for cello and orchestra was abandoned by the composer after an unsuccesful premiere, and the full score remained unpublished for years. However, a rising star barely in his twenties, Mstislav Rostropovich, found a copy with piano accompaniment and impressed the composer with his performance in December 1947. As Rostropovich remembered from their backstage encounter: 'Prokofiev told me that after listening carefully to the Concerto he had decided to rewrite it. I reminded him of this each time I met him after that, but without success.' What followed, in fact, was a completely new work-the Sonata for cello and piano Op 119-and the premiere of that, with Rostropovich eloquently partnered by Sviatoslav Richter (a recording survives), finally persuaded the now-ailing composer to the dramatic revision of the original Concerto. The resulting Symphony-Concerto is now acknowledged as one of the composer's late masterpieces. The young German virtuoso Alban Gerhardt was the soloist in a performance at the BBC Proms in 2008 that convinced a loudly appreciative audience of the merits of this work. It has been recorded here with the first verson, Cello Concerto No 1, a work of undeniable importance to scholars and music-lovers alike. Andrew Litton conducts the Bergen Symphony Orchestra in their second disc for Hyperion.

149 kr
Image Violin Sonatas
Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez have been enthusiastically acclaimed for their dazzling duo performances: their infectiously relaxed bravado and continual flexibility belying their impeccable ensemble. For their latest disc they turn to two composers who are seminal figures in the development of Eastern European music during the early twentieth century.

Dohnányi was one of the pivotal figures in Hungary's musical life. He composed a number of significant pieces for the violin, including two violin concertos; his most important chamber work for violin and piano is the Violin Sonata in C sharp minor Op 21, composed in 1912. Dohnányi was by then thirty-five years of age, and the Sonata is a fully mature work showing his individual development of stylistic traits of Brahms and Liszt combined with a structural economy which reflects the close study of Brahms's sonatas. Also recorded here is Dohnányi's most overtly folk-influenced work, Ruralia hungarica, and a movement from his First Orchestral Suite, in F sharp minor Op 19, Romanza, arranged as a thoroughly idiomatic piece for violin and piano by Jascha Heifetz.

In the first days of World War I Dohnányi's native Hungary was invaded by the Russian army, which seemed for a time to herald the end of Austrian dominance in the region. This portentous event provided the creative spark for Leoš Janácvek's Violin Sonata (his only surviving violin sonata; two very early ones he composed in Dresden and Vienna in 1880 are lost), at least according to Janácvek himself. Other works by Janácvek heard in this recital include early pieces from his student years, and an arrangement of the delicate mood study 'A blown-away Leaf' from the celebrated piano work On the Overgrown Path.

149 kr
Image Jeu de cartes / Agon / Orpheus
Stravinsky's ballet music contains some of the composer's most dazzling inspirations, and his work with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes brought him to international attention before the first world war. But it was through his collaborations with Diaghilev's protégé George Balanchine that Stravinsky evolved the individual 'neoclassical' style of his own that is arguably his greatest contribution to the musical language of the twentieth century. Contemporary audiences were thrilled by the innovative nature of these works. Walter Terry wrote in the Herald Tribune at the premiere of Agon that it was 'quite possibly the most brilliant ballet creation of our day ... true, Agon is not warm, not overtly human, but its very coolness is refreshing and it generates excitement because it totally ignores human foibles, dramatic situation, and concentrates wholly on the miracle of the dancing body'. Five of Stravinsky's ballets have been recorded on two discs (the second to be released in January) by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under maestro Ilan Volkov. Volkov's mastery of a range of Russian music is well-represented on Hyperion and has been greatly acclaimed on the concert platform.

149 kr
Image Fairy's Kiss, The
A second disc of Stravinsky's ballet music from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, this time featuring the composer's fascinating recreation of the music of Tchaikovsky.

Stravinsky's advocation of the-then unfashionable-music of Tchaikovsky was well-known: he was a public champion of the composer over the Russian 'nationalists' such as Rimsky-Korsakov. In 1928, Stravinsky was commissioned by Ida Rubinstein to compose a ballet for her company's season which was based on music by Tchaikovsky. Stravinsky probably envisaged a set of free orchestrations, but the music seems to have taken over and dictated its own terms, with the result that Stravinsky soon found himself entangled in a complex recreative process, and having to compose day and night to get the work completed in time for the first performance, never mind the early deadline. The result-The Fairy's Kiss-is a complex and highly original masterpiece. As a whole the outcome is wonderfully disconcerting, and brilliantly challenges our perhaps too comfortable way of listening to late romantic music.

Scènes de ballet is in its way another 'recreation'-a ballet 'after Giselle' written for performance on Broadway in 1944. Stravinsky devised a semi-abstract scenario with vague allusions to Giselle among other nineteenth-century ballets; and then proceeded to compose, as it were, 'away from' such models, to the extent that his music constantly suggests their ethos and formulae but always through a neoclassical prism and without direct quotation.

149 kr
Image Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 53
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Ilan Volkov, conductor

The Reger concerto has a formidable reputation - dense, harmonically complex and with far too many notes for the average pianist. Who better then to decipher it than Marc-André Hamelin? In his hands this rarely recorded behemoth reveals both passion and a lyricism so often lost in lesser performances. He is wonderfully partnered by Ilan Volkov and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester who share the pianist's desire to elucidate an often misunderstood work.

While the Reger concerto comes from the end of his career, the Strauss Burleske is a product of that composer's prodigious youth. This ebullient work has long been a Hamelin 'party-piece', and he plays it with an unmatched brilliance which surely captures the essence of this humorous music and will have the listener on the edge of his seat.

149 kr
Image Fire Burning in Snow
‘For fire burning in snow is the effect of love’. The final line of Juan de Araujo’s Dime, amor gives this recording its title and conjures up the passion and dramatic contrasts which make this disc such a delight.

Araujo has been described by many commentators as the greatest Latin American composer of the age, although much
of his music is still rarely performed. Little is known about the man (he was a disruptive student in Lima and involved in litigation in La Plata), and there is almost certainly more material to uncover. He was born in Spain in 1648 and emigrated at a young age to South America with his parents. After a period as organist at Lima Cathedral he lived in Panama and Cuzco, where a few of his manuscripts are found, and from 1680 he spent the last thirty-two years of his life as organist at the cathedral of La Plata, now known as the Bolivian judicial capital of Sucre.

This disc includes one of his largest pieces, the triple-choir setting in eleven parts of the first great Vesper Psalm Dixit Dominus. This substantial setting is through-composed and vividly captures the dramatic elements in the text with a dazzling display of polychoral techniques.

Silencio is a ravishing, double-choir lullaby which makes a complete contrast with the dramatic exchanges in the triplechoir
¡A, del tiempo! and ¡A, de la región de luces!. The fiery ¡Fuego de amor! is written for four choirs. The extraordinary imagination of Araujo in his choice of texts, his sensitivity to word-setting, his melodic, harmonic and textural inventiveness are remarkable, if not breathtaking.

Ex Cathedra’s uplifting recordings of Latin American Baroque polyphony are always eagerly awaited, and here they present more great music, hitherto hidden in obscurity but alive with melodic beauty and joy. Performances are infectiously energetic and dazzlingly stylish.

Also available on Super Audio CD: SACDA 67600

149 kr
Image A Mozart Album


This fascinating programme begins with some of Mozart's most audacious and forward-looking piano works. Mozart's Fantasia in C minor K475 is a wonderfully unfettered and uninhibited work, suffused with high drama and a sense of constantly shifting moods. The Piano Sonata in B flat major K333 is a similarly ground-breaking piece, developing in scale and drama from its lyrical, gentle opening.

The second part of the disc features Mozart as seen by others, from the homage of a near-contemporary right up to the modern day, with Hough's own irresistibly quirky Mozart imaginings, and from elegant miniatures to Liszt/Busoni's virtuosic Figaro Fantasy. This disc is full of surprises, and demonstrates the full range of Hough's extraordinary artistry.

149 kr
Image Songs
Delius composed sixty-two songs, over half of which are of a Scandinavian flavour—largely as a result of his longstanding
friendship with Edvard Grieg. This wide-ranging recital encompasses the full gamut of his passions:
Norwegian, Danish, French, German and English settings all sit happily within his oeuvre.

Born in Bradford to German parents, Delius spent his formative years escaping from an England which he scarcely
regarded as ‘home’ and from the family business of wool trading. As things turned out, it was the travel involved in the
latter parentally imposed occupation which gave our aspiring composer the opportunity and inspiration to emigrate,
setting up camp first in Sweden and eventually in France.

A young Englishman and self-imposed exile create a heady mix of cultural references which our Anglo-Australian
artistes clearly regard as ‘home territory’: these performances by Yvonne Kenny and Piers Lane are enthralling and draw
the listener in to a world rich in multi-cultural allusion and unashamed beauty.
Yvonne Kenny, soprano

Piers Lane, piano
Frederick Delius

Seven Songs from the Norwegian








8 In the Garden of the Seraglio from Seven Danish Songs JENS PETER JACOBSEN / DELIUS

9 Irmelin Rose from Seven Danish Songs JENS PETER JACOBSEN / FREDERICK DELIUS

10 Il pleure dans mon coeur PAUL VERLAINE

11 Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit PAUL VERLAINE

12 La lune blanche PAUL VERLAINE

13 Chanson d’automne PAUL VERLAINE

14 Summer Eve from Five Songs from the Norwegian JOHN OLAF PAULSEN / W GRIST

15 Longing from Five Songs from the Norwegian THEODOR KJERULF / W GRIST

16 Sunset from Five Songs from the Norwegian ANDREAS MUNCH / W GRIST

17 The nightingale has a lyre of gold WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY



20 O schneller, mein Ross EMANUEL GEIBEL

21 Aus deinen Augen fließen meine Lieder HEINRICH HEINE

22 So white, so soft, so sweet is she from Four Old English Lyrics BEN JONSON

23 To Daffodils from Four Old English Lyrics ROBERT HERRICK

24 Love’s Philosophy from Three Shelley Songs PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

25 Summer Nights from Seven Danish Songs HOLGER DRACHMANN / FREDERICK DELIUS

159 kr
Image Complete Piano Music, The (2 CD)
"Martin Roscoe spelar kraftfullt och balanserat"

Nielsen's piano works are among the most original and characteristic in the repertoire. There is no mistaking his idiosyncratic musical voice, his sense of joy of discovery and invention, and spirit of imagination and adventure. Nielsen's complete piano music encompasses the full diversity and range of his creative output. Though he never aspired to brilliance as a performer, Nielsen's piano works are nevertheless marked by his intimate knowledge of the instrument and his awareness of the its creative and expressive capabilities. From the symbolist-inspired music of the 1890s to the highly modernist Three Pieces, these works constantly attest to the richness of his imaginative vision.

279 kr
Image Children of our time
Denna CD innehåller fem stycken Negro Spirituals ut Michael Tippets "A child of our time". Kören Schola Cantorum of Oxford, under ledning av Jeremy Summerly, sjunger även flera verk som tillägnats kören. of the great
moments in English choral music from any period...

(Jeremy Summerly om Francis Potts "Amore langueo")

Schola Cantorum of Oxford/Jeremy Summerly.

Children of our time


1. Thou knowest my lying down


2. Steal away - Negro Spiritual nr 1 ur A child of our time


3. Ave verum corpus


4 Nobody knows - Negro Spiritual nr 2 ur A child of our time


In the silence of the night

5. Echo

6. Song

7. Mirage


8. Go down, Moses - Negro Spiritual nr 3 ur A child of our time


Five Madrigals to poems by e e cummings

9. Now i lay(with everywhere around)

10. spring may

11. love is more thicker than forget

12. o by the by

13. what a proud dreamhorse


14. By and by - Negro Spiritual nr 4 ur A child of our time


15. Eres...


16. Deep river - Negro Spiritual nr 5 ur A child of our time


17. Amore langueo

159 kr
Image Delectatio angeli
...Mark and Pavlo are players of international standing on the Baroque viol and violin—I never fail to be moved by the passion and spontaneity of their performances on medieval fiddles, and I’m bowled over by their commitment to getting the most out of these more primitive instruments. It was one of those magical recordings that was a delight to make from start to finish.

Whether you’re discovering this wondrous music for the first time or are revisiting much-loved repertoire, I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as we do...

(Catherine Bott)

Catherine Bott, sopran;

Pavlo Beznosiuk, fiddla; Mark Levy, fiddla.

Delectatio angeli: Music of love, longing & lament


1. Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non (The Prisoner’s Song)


2. English Dance


3. O rosa bella


4. Can vei la lauzeta mover


5. Par maintes foys


6. Trop est mes maris jalos


7. Giunta vaga biltá


8. Per quella strada


9. Una panthera


10. L’alta belleza tua


11. Helas mon dueil


12. Vergene bella


13. Le greygnour bien


14. Four Planctus

159 kr
Image Mélodies from La belle époque

...Another wonderfully considered song programme from Graham Johnson. This time he celebrates the belle époque period when France loved its music. John Mark Ainsley offers a wider range of expression than is often the case (beefing up his golden tone when required). On this form, he’s one of the greats...

John Mark Ainsley, tenor

Graham Johnson, piano

1. L’invitation au voyage


2. Départ

3. Bonjour, Suzon

4. Regrets


5. La cigale et la fourmi

6. La chauve-souris et les deux belettes


7. Le spectre de la rose

8. Oh! quand je dors


9. Chanson du berger

10. Guitare

11. L’invitation au voyage

12. Viens


13. Madrid Alfred de Musset

14. Comment, disaient-ils


15. Soupir

16. Si mes vers avaient des ailes

17. L’invitation au voyage

18. Ici-bas

19. Sérénade


20. Psyché

21. Les papillons

22. La chanson des blondes

23. Danse indienne


24. L’invitation au voyage

159 kr
Image Latin Motets
...Jeffrey Skidmore's reading pushes the unique structure of Peerson's paragraphs into the foreground: large-scale dynamic contouring, leisurely tempos and subtle shifts in balance creates a spacious framework in which the composer's large structures emerge. The Ex Cathedra Consort triumphs beautifully over the vocal challenges of this music with its pellucid upper voices, restrained yet robust basses, and attention to textual detail...

...this reconstruction of Peerson, enhanced by excellent sound engineering, manages to reveal a master at work...

(BBC Music Magazine)

...this recording is definitely worth listening to. It affords us what we may assume is a good overview of the works of a skilled composer, who clearly absorbed a range of influences but was not afraid to put his own personal mark on his music, and as such is an uncommon treat...
(International Record Review)

Ex Cathedra Consort/Jeffrey Skidmore.

Martin Peerson

1. Deus omnipotens Prima pars

2. Redemptor mundi Secunda pars

3. Pater fili paraclete

4. Levavi oculos meos Prima pars

5. Ecce non dormitabit Secunda pars

6. Mulieres sedentes Prima pars

7. Christus factus est Secunda pars

8. Hora nona Prima pars

9. Latus eius Secunda pars

10. O rex gloriae

11. Quid vobis videtur

12. O domine Jesu Christe

13. Laboravi in gemitu meo

14. Nolite fieri Prima pars

15. Multa flagella peccatoris Secunda pars

159 kr
Image Orchestral Works, Vol 3
...The playing throughout is sensitive and fully attentive to the varied rhythms, while the sound is clear and bright, bringing out Françaix's imaginative writing for individual instruments, especially the woodwind. The CD will not change opinions of Françaix; but it will surely suit those who already appreciate his style...

Ulster Orchestra/Thierry Fischer.

Jean Françaix

1-12. Le roi nu

13-28. Les demoiselles de la nuit

159 kr
Image Contrabandista (The); The Foresters
"The Contrabandista" är en komisk operett av Sir Arthur Sullivan från 1867. Ingår gör även "Foresters" från 1892. Trevlig och melodiös musik av en av operettvärldens största kompositörer.


The New London Chorus & Orchestra / Ronald Corp.

159 kr
Image Schuon Hymnen; The Second Coming m m
...Den engelska kören Polyphony hör till de bästa och förmedlar, tillsammans med orgel och tempelgong, tonsättarens fascinerande bredd och djup...

(Kyrkans Tidning)

Den engelske kompositören John Tavener har skrivit flera mycket vackra och meditativa körverk, ofta influerade av den grekiskortodoxa kyrkans musik. De verk som den lovordade kören Polyphony här framför är i huvudsak världspremiärer på skiva, bl a det fascinerande stycket "The Second Coming" med text av W B Yeats.

Finns även som Super Audio CD: SACDA67475
Polyphony / Stephen Layton.
John Tavener

1. Birthday Sleep *

Butterfly Dreams *

2. Butterfly Dreams based on Chuang Tse

3. Haiku by Kokku

4. Haiku by Buson

5. Haiku by Issa

6. Haiku, anon

7. The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann

8. Butterfly Song from Acoman Indian

9. Butterfly Dreams based on Chuang Tse

10. The Second Coming *

11. Schuon Hymnen *

12. As one who has slept

13. The Bridal Chamber

14. Exhortation and Kohima *

15. Shûnya *

* Världspremiär på skiva

159 kr
Image String Trios
...the Leopold String Trio have no fear of the competition. Theirs is a very impressive achievement and the coupling of these three works is, I think, unique. Enterprising lovers of chamber music should not hesitate. Strongly recommended...

(International Record Review)
The Leopold String Trio.

Ernst von Dohnányi

Serenad C-dur för Stråktrio Op 10

1. Marcia: Allegro

2. Romanza: Adagio non troppo

3. Scherzo: Vivace

4. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto

5. Finale: Rondo

Arnold Schönberg

Stråktrio Op 45

6. Part 1 —

7. First Episode —

8. Part 2 —

9. Second Episode —

10. Part 3

Bohuslav Martinu

Stråktrio nr 2

11. Allegro

12. Poco moderato

159 kr
Image Chamber Symphony / Sinfonietta
Den ryske kompositören Boris Tjajkovskij, som ej är släkt med Peter Tjajkovskij, hör musikhistoriskt hemma någonstans mellan Sjostakovitj och Kabalevskij. Sjostakovitj var en av Boris Tjajkovskijs lärare. Tjajkovskij livnärde sig i dåtida Sovjetunionen främst på att skriva musik för teater och musik för film och television. I kammarsymfonin, skriven 1967, kan man höra influenser från Britten.

...this disc - accessible in every sense of the word - is a useful addition to the discography of music written during the Soviet era. The sound is clean and bright. Worth exploring...
(International Record Review)
Ludmila Golub, orgel.

Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra / Alexander Rudin.

Boris Tjajkovskij

Sinfonietta för stråkorkester

1. Sonatina

2. Waltz

3. Variations

4. Rondo


5. Sonata

6. Unison

7. Chorale Music

8. Interlude

9. March Motifs

10. Serenade

Sex etyder för stråkar och orgel

11. Andante

12. Allegro non troppo

13. Moderato con moto

14. Allegro moderato

15. Andante moderato

16. Allegretto

17. Prelude "The Bells"

159 kr
Image Symphony in A Major
På denna CD ingår musik av två skotska tonsättare och pianovirtuoser - Eugen d’Albert (1864–1932) och Frederic Lamond (1868–1948).
Både d'Albert och Lamond, som var elever till Franz Liszt, beundrades av bl a Richard Strauss och Johannes Brahms.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins.

Eugen d’Albert

1. Uvertyr till Esther Op 8

Frederic Lamond

Symfoni A-dur Op 3

2. Allegro moderato

3. Allegro vivace, quasi presto

4. Andante moderato

5. Allegro con spirito

6. Uvertyr Aus Dem Schottischen Hochlande Op 4

7. Sword Dance ur Eine Liebe im Schottischen Hochlande

159 kr
Image Songs, Vol 3
...recording and presentation are the stuff of dreams. Hyperion has done Fauré proud...

...The songs certainly show Fauré to possess a far wider expressive range than an acquaintance with just a handful of his best-known examples would suggest...

...the gem of the set has to be Christopher Maltman's traversal of the substantial cycle La bonne chanson. The baritone's rich, subtly shaded tone and alert sensitivity to text prove ideal in this perfectly judged performance...

(BBC Music Magazine)

Felicity Lott, sopran; Jennifer Smith, sopran;

John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor;

Christopher Maltman, baryton; Stephen Varcoe, baryton;
Ronan O'Hora, piano; Graham Johnson, piano.

Gabriel Fauré

1. Puisque j’ai mis ma lèvre

2. Tristesse d’Olympio

3. Hymne Op 7:2

4. Sylvie Op 6:3

Poème d’un jour Op 21

5. i Rencontre

6. ii Toujours

7. iii Adieu

8. Nell Op 18:1

9. Notre amour Op 23:2

10. Le secret Op 23:3

11. Chanson d’amour Op 27:1

12. Fleur jetée Op 39:1

13. Les présents Op 46:1

Shylock Op 57

14. i Prélude et Chanson

15. ii Entr’acte

16. iii Madrigal

17. iv Épithalame

18. v Nocturne

19. vi Final

20. Sérénade: Le bourgeois gentilhomme

La bonne chanson Op 61

21. i Une Sainte en son auréole

22. ii Puisque l’aube grandit

23. iii La lune blanche

24. iv J’allais par des chemins perfides

25. v J’ai presque peur, en vérité

26. vi Avant que tu ne t’en ailles

27. vii Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été

28. viii N’est-ce pas?

29. ix L’hiver a cessé

30. Le ramier Op 87:2

31. Le don silencieux Op 92

159 kr
Image English Poets, Russian Romances
149 kr
Image Violin Sonatas
149 kr
Image Diodia / The World / Akhmatova Songs
149 kr
Image Of Time and the River / Flute Concerto
149 kr
Image Tiresias / Pomona
149 kr
Image New World Symphonies
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

"This is one of the most eye-opening CDs-or should I say earopening- that I have heard this year. What a magical concoction of sounds-and what brilliant playing!"
(Classic FM)

89 kr
Image Piano Trios

"Music-making just doesn't come much more sympathetic or stylish than this. Marvellously poised and evincing an impeccable sense of teamwork."

89 kr
Image Les Noces
New London Chamber Choir
New London Chamber Ensemble
The Voronezh Chamber Choir

Stravinsky's popular, extroverted choral work Les Noces-the epitome of his 'Russian' style-is placed in context in this marvellous recording where James Wood's New London Chamber Choir are joined by the Voronezh Chamber Choir who bring an authentic Russian sound to the ensemble. They also perform Russian folksongs and the Slavonic versions of Stravinsky's Ave Maria, Credo and Pater Noster. Other aspects of Stravinsky's compositional style are represented by the austere TS Eliot setting The dove descending and the memorial to TS Eliot himself.

79 kr
Image String Sextet / Verklärte Nacht
These two works, so eminently suited as concert partners, disappeared after Hitler came to power. Korngold and Schoenberg were both victimized for being 'non-Aryan' and their works were banned. Verklärte Nacht quickly reestablished itself, but the Korngold had to wait for its reappraisal until it was discovered in 1987 by The Raphael Ensemble, who gave its first public performance in the United Kingdom at The Purcell Room in London that year.

In this recording, two of the finest examples of the string sextet repertoire have been re-united. Stripped of all the surrounding intrigue, they can be enjoyed for what they truly represent-the very summit of late Austrian romanticism from Imperial Vienna, just before it finally disappeared for ever.

79 kr
Image Creation Symphony
The recording of three symphonic works of Scots William Wallace (1860-1940) drew a composer in the spotlight that had simply forgotten after his death. His style is close to the German high romance, but he also reminded his younger contemporary Carl Nielsen. The recording from 1997 is now re-released as part of the Helios series.

79 kr
Image Octet
The Gaudier Ensemble

In 1824 it was suggested that Schubert should write a work similar to Beethoven's Septet (also recorded by the Gaudiers for Hyperion). He subsequently approached the project with such enthusiasm and concentration that a friend wrote of him, 'If you go and see him during the day he says "Hello. How are you?" and carries on working, whereupon you leave'. Schubert added a second violin to Beethoven's scoring for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass, but adhered to the Septet's movement structure and key sequences almost entirely. However, the melody and beauty that infuse the Octet are quintessentially Schubert, and justify the work's enduring popularity.

Here are outstanding performances from an ensemble that draws together some of the most distinguished musicians in Europe.

79 kr
Image String Quartets
Chilingirian Quartet

Ernest Chausson died when his bicycle crashed into a wall. Among the various projects he left behind were some orchestral overtures, a violin sonata, a second symphony and this string quartet. He had finished the first two movements of the quartet and was nearly at the end of the third when the accident happened. D'Indy completed the third movement and it is for this reason it seems appropriate to couple the two works on this recording.

Vincent d'Indy, once one of Franck's pupils, completed three string quartets in his lifetime and left one incomplete on his death. He used traditional forms of sonata structure, lied, dance form and rondo for the four movements and with traditional emphases on rhythmic development and key contrasts, but followed Franckian, so-called 'cyclic' techniques of melodic transformation, designed to unify the work as a whole. The first quartet is based around a four-note motif found in Mahler's Symphony No 1, which d'Indy almost certainly would not have known, and as the Bell motif in the first act of Parsifal (which he certainly did know).


'In a different league from the only readily available competition. The insight and imagination of the Chilingirian makes a persuasive case that this music should be given greater recognition. Recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This superb disc is a revelation' (The Guardian)

'Ripely affectionate performances from the Chilingirians, beguilingly recorded, and expertly annotated by Roger Nichols' (Classic CD)

'Very fine performances' (International Record Review)

'The Chilingirian Quartet provides the perfect guide to these seldom-heard works ... utterly compelling' (The Strad)

'Recommended' (Fanfare)

79 kr
Image Choral Music
Wells Cathedral Choir
Malcolm Archer, conductor

In 1944 Howells wrote a set of Morning Canticles for King's College, Cambridge. With the Evening Canticles recorded here coming the following year, the 'Coll. Reg.' settings immediately set the benchmark for twentieth-century liturgical composition and led to the composer being besieged by requests from cathedrals and collegiate chapels for other such 'custom-built' settings. It was the composer's innate understanding of the individual characteristics-acoustic, architecture and choral timbre-of each foundation which made these works so successful and popular. This programme includes the Morning Canticles written for St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and the Evening Canticles which constitute the 'New College Service'.

Ever the master of the choral miniature, the Three Carol-Anthems are among Howells's most perennially popular works, having been recorded and performed across the globe. Several of the other pieces included here are less famous, but all display their composer's inimitable mastery of form and choral technique.

79 kr
Image Rambles & Reflections
Piers Lane, piano

PERCY GRAINGER (1882-1961)
Piano transcriptions
1 The Carman's Whistle 'Air and Variations' WILLIAM BYRD (1539/40-1623) [4'21]
2 Now, oh now I needs must part JOHN DOWLAND (1563-1626) [4'28]
3 Hornpipe from Watermusic GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) [1'42]
4 Handelian Rhapsody CYRIL SCOTT (1879-1970) [6'22]
5 Air and Dance FREDERICK DELIUS (1862-1934) [4'34]
Four Irish Dances SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (1852-1924)
6 A March-Jig 'Maguire's Kick' [3'21]
7 A Slow Dance [4'33]
8 The Leprechaun's Dance [2'52]
9 A Reel [4'08]
10 Beautiful Fresh Flower TRADITIONAL [1'48]
11 Ramble on Love from Der Rosenkavalier RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) [7'08]
12 Cradle Song Op 49 No 4 JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) [3'41]
13 Après un rêve Op 7 No 1 GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924) [2'56]
14 Nell Op 18 No 1 GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924) [2'33]
15 Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Flower Waltz PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) [6'33]
16 The man I love GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) [3'45]
17 Love walked in GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) [3'35]
18 Lullaby STEPHEN FOSTER (1826-1864) [6'20]

Though he professed not to enjoy concert giving, Grainger was one of the greatest pianists of the earlier twentieth century and had an intimate understanding of the capabilities of the piano and how best to write for it. He possessed a unique compositional voice and was, in many ways, part of the great composer-pianist tradition stretching from Liszt to Busoni for whom the concert transcription was an essential part of their art.

This recording contains the majority of Grainger's concert transcriptions of music by other composers (his few Bach arrangements are performed by Piers Lane on Bach Piano Transcriptions Volume 3). They range from the folk-inspired Irish Dances of Stanford, full of Grainger's characteristically extrovert piano writing, to the hyper-romantic lushness and incredible pianistic sophistication of his Ramble on Love based on Richard Strauss's 'Rosenkavalier'. All are superbly played by Piers Lane.

'A delight from start to finish' (The Observer)

'Inspired re-creations ... strongly recommended to connoisseur and newcomer alike' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Musically enchanting fare ... everything is played with unfaltering command ... the recording and presentation are immaculate' (Gramophone)

'Lane boasts a fabulous technique ... succulent performances' (Fanfare, USA)

'Le pianiste joue franc jeu et rend un bel hommage au compositeur' (Monde de la Musique, France)

'A fine selection ... an easy listen that often delights the ear' (Pianist)

'Heroic stamina by Piers Lane' (The Times)

'Piers Lane concilie le panache avec une sensibilité très vive' (Diapason, France)

79 kr
Image Sacred and Profane
Polyphony / Stephen Layton

2013 sees the centenary of Britten's birth and a wide-ranging programme of concerts, operas and events, including performances of his choral music. This recording is the perfect introduction to this repertoire.

Included on this Gramophone Award-winning recording is the last choral work for professionals which Britten was to complete-Sacred and Profane-a collection of eight medieval lyrics for voices in five parts (SSATB). Also included is the Chorale after an old French Carol whose text is by W H Auden (a close friend of Britten's). The Chorale's text was part of an unachieved Christmas Oratorio on which Britten and Auden intended to collaborate.

The seven settings of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins entitled A.M.D.G. were never performed in the composer's lifetime and indeed had to wait until 1984 for their first performance.


'Musically impeccable, carefully wound and tuned, superbly balanced-a magnificent display of sheer beauty of choral sound' (American Record Guide)

'After hearing their latest CD of choral works by Britten, nothing will dissuade me from the conclusion that Polyphony under Stephen Layton is the best chamber choir in the country' (The Evening Standard)

'The programme is delightful and the choir excellent... this has to be one of the strongest winners of the choral award in recent years' (Gramophone)

'Polyphony's brand of singing, clean as a whistle, rhythmically wonderfully alive, impeccably tuned and voiced, polished yet always fervent, is justly renowned, and on this disc it serves Britten's a capella choral music extremely well' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Polyphony's exceptional energy, technical prowess and expressive flexibility make the most of every word and mood throughout this hour-long programme. This engrossing anthology of words and music comes highly recommended' (The Age, Melbourne)

'A valued possession ... highly recommended' (Cathedral Music)

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Image Jungle Book
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
David Wilson-Johnson, baritone

Stephen Layton, conductor

This reissue commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grainger's death in February 1961.

Harmonium, four guitars, two mandolas, two mandolins, two ukuleles, piccolo, three clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, two alto saxophones, horn, strings, piano, baritone and choir: and that's just the scoring for one piece, the famous sea shanty Shallow Brown.

Grainger's Jungle Book cycle was recorded here (for the original Hyperion release) for the first time. The eleven contrasting movements vividly portray the sentiments of Kipling's poetry and Grainger wrote of the cycle that it was 'composed as a protest against civilization'.

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Image Consort Songs
Robin Blaze, countertenor

Here is a fine recording to draw the listener into the richly layered world of Queen Elizabeth I. William Byrd's 'consort songs' tell of courtly love; Sir Philip Sidney's demise in battle becomes an eloquent lament; an old woman tumbling down amid a flurry of human skulls represents contemporary desires for freedom of speech; moral temptations are likened to a storm-tossed ship; and a hymn to the Muses is inspired by the death of Thomas Tallis.

The longest single piece here is Byrd's famous Lullaby, 'My sweet little baby', one of the most popular of his works during the composer's lifetime, and one which has been a deserving favourite ever since.

Despite Byrd's domestic-musician-flattering preface in which he claimed these works were designed to persuade 'everyone to learn how to sing', this music makes the highest vocal demands: demands far exceeded in the glorious singing of Robin Blaze.

79 kr
Image Trout Quintet
The Schubert Ensemble of London

Schubert's famous Quintet needs little introduction, and is certainly the most famous work named after a fish. The commission came from Sylvester Paumgartner, wealthy mine-owner by day, amateur cellist by night, who not only suggested Schubert use his song, 'The Trout', for a set of variations, but also requested the unusual line-up of violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. Unusual, but not unique, since Hummel had set the trend with his effervescent E flat Quintet and Paumgartner intended to feature the two pieces together in one of his regular soirées.

Who better to reunite these two quintets than The Schubert Ensemble of London, long acclaimed in music of this era.

'Firmly recommended' (Gramophone)

79 kr
Image Souvenir de Florence
The Raphael Ensemble

Tchaikovsky's virtuoso string sextet 'Souvenir de Florence' is one of the most popular works in the string chamber music repertoire. It has been recorded here with Arensky's Quartet Op 35 which was dedicated to the memory of Tchaikovsky.

'A rarity of great charm and sincerity ... a fine disc in excellent sound' (Classic CD)
'The Arensky Quartet is a lovely piece ... performance and sound are superb. I cannot imagine better performances of either the Tchaikovsky or the Arensky' (Fanfare, USA)

79 kr
Image BLAH BLAH BLAH and Other Trifles
Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano

A welcome reissue of a disc capturing one of the wittier evenings at London's Wigmore Hall. For anyone who wasn't there on 17 June 1988, this disc is joyous discovery, where Schoenberg rubs shoulders with Cole Porter, Madeleine Dring with Gershwin, while Jeremy Nicholas's brilliantly punning pieces prove that the traditions of Flanders & Swann are alive and well; where you can feast on oysters and cottage cheese, squashed tomato sandwiches and kippers, where bald men acquire unlikely headgear in the name of seduction, where love is pursued, gained, lost or (worse) simply becomes dull and where fairies do indeed live at the bottom of the garden. A delicious concoction, performed with piquancy and tenderness by Sarah Walker and Roger Vignoles.

'One of the happiest records you could wish to find, as well as one of the funniest'
(The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'I guarantee you will listen to this at one sitting because you just can't bear to turn it off' (Which CD) 'Brings the house down' (Gramophone)

1 Blah blah blah GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937), arr. ROGER VIGNOLES (b1943) [3'01]

2 They all laughed GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) [2'38]

3 The Tale of the Oyster COLE PORTER (1891-1964) [3'13]

4 Place Settings JEREMY NICHOLAS (b1947) [2'37]

5 Lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprise WILLIAM BOLCOM (b1938) [2'34]

6 Gigerlette ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) [1'45]

7 The Satisfied Lover ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) [2'48]

8 Aria from 'The Mirror of Arcady' ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) [2'45]

9 A word on my ear MICHAEL FLANDERS (1922-1975) & DONALD SWANN (1923-1994) [5'24]

10 Who am I? LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) [2'15]

11 There are fairies at the bottom of our garden LIZA LEHMANN (1862-1918) [2'28]

12 Transatlantic Lullaby GEOFFREY WRIGHT (b1959) [5'16]

13 Someone is sending me flowers DAVID BAKER (b1931), arr. ROGER VIGNOLES (b1943) [2'30]

14 Where, oh where? COLE PORTER (1891-1964), arr. MADELEINE DRING (1923-1977) [2'42]

15 Song of a nightclub proprietress MADELEINE DRING (1923-1977) [2'40]

16 Usherette's Blues JEREMY NICHOLAS (b1947) [4'06]

17 Three times a day GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) [3'05]

18 Boy, what love has done to me! GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937), arr. SARAH CONNOLLY (b1963) [3'14]

19 Bill JEROME KERN (1885-1945) [3'25]

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Image Ludus Tonalis
John McCabe, piano

Ludus Tonalis is that great work of intellectual gymnastics which has been called a '20th-century composer's reappraisal of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier', but its twelve fugues and their interludes are notable equally for their emotion as for their (indisputable) logic. The work represents a musical statement of Hindemith's theories yet in it we encounter one of the most adventurous works for solo piano of the twentieth century.

The Suite '1922' has five movements which stylize various American popular dance themes, each featuring Hindemith's characteristically cavalier use of traditional harmony and Satie-like instructions to the performer: 'Regard the piano here as an interesting percussion instrument ... '

'L'excellent pianiste John McCabe s'engage dans une approche unitaire, grave et remarquablement architecturée, privilégiant l'austerité et la densité du propos' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

79 kr
Image Solo Piano Music
Piers Lane - piano

The oblivion which has overtaken d'Albert in the second half of the twentieth century would have surprised anyone who saw his prodigious rise to fame in the 1880s and '90s. He was known then as one of the world's greatest pianists, had studied with Liszt, and knew Brahms. From his teens there began to emerge a body of composition which showed a maturity well beyond his years and seemed to produce a fusion of the then-incompatible schools of the 'moderns' (Liszt and Wagner) and the 'traditionalists' (Brahms and his followers).

For the latter part of his life d'Albert devoted himself to opera so almost all his instrumental works are products of his earlier years. His piano concertos have been recorded to much acclaim by Piers Lane and here he turns to the solo works.

The opus 5 pieces could seem to follow on directly from Brahms's late Intermezzi, but the latter had not yet been written! The Sonata, a grand late-Romantic drama, concludes with a triple fugue modelled very much on Bach. The recital concludes with the Capriolen, Op 32, coming, unusually, from much later in d'Albert's career. These pieces are predominantly light in character and show a composer almost unrecognizable from his earlier self; there are hints of Debussy and atonality in one piece, and jazz in another. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the arrangement of 'Dixie' to be
found in the oddly-named 'Missie-Massa'.

'A total triumph. Another important addition to the piano discography from enterprising Hyperion' (Classic CD)
'Piers Lane surpasses himself, and the recorded sound is delicious' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A superb recital ... provoking astonishment that music of such quality could have lain neglected for so long. No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity and scintillating brilliance' (Gramophone)

'Some fascinating music. If 1998 produces a finer piano disc, I shall be astonished. Buy it!' (Musical Opinion)
Gramophone Critics' Choice

79 kr
Image Six Violin Sonatas
Elizabeth Wallfisch - violin
Richard Tunnicliffe - cello
Malcolm Proud - harpsichord

79 kr
Image Études-tableaux
Howard Shelley, piano

Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux explore a plethora of colours, textures and sonorites and demonstrate the emotional range of the composer's expression. Howard Shelley gives authoritative performances of these studies and tackles the technical challenges with an easy brilliance.

'In Shelley's Rachmaninov series, I think this the finest achievement among them'

'The performance, to say nothing of the sound, is transcendental'
(Acoustic Sounds Catalog, USA)

'Peerless command and inimitable insights'
(Hi-Fi News)

'The refinement of the playing reminds one of Rachmaninov's own classic interpretations: few contemporary pianists can equal Shelley's elegant phrasing in pianissimo passages or his imaginative and resourceful use of the pedal. Strongly recommended'
(The Monthly Guide to Recorded Music)

79 kr
Image My spirit hath rejoiced

St Paul's Cathedral Choir
John Scott, conductor
Christopher Dearnley, organ

"The performances of this lovely music are uniformly superb" (Fanfare, USA)

79 kr
Image Missa Salve intemerata
Winchester Cathedral Choir / David Hill

Winchester Cathedral Choir released their first album of Tallis's choral music back in 1990 (CDA66400). The recording has remained one of our all-time best sellers and featured in our 20th and 30th Anniversary editions. This second Tallis album contains more beautiful, inspirational music by the most influential English composer of his generation, as well as one of the most popular Renaissance composers of today.

It is only in the past few decades that much of the early Tallis repertoire has become widely available. The Salve intemerata Mass is thought to be among the earliest of Tallis's surviving music and was probably written no later than 1530. The settings of the Ordinary of the Mass are here interspersed with votive antiphons by Tallis and Sarum chant. The sole source of the Salve intemerata Mass, and one of the sources of its votive antiphon model, is a set of four out of five original part-books thought to have been compiled for Canterbury Cathedral at its refoundation in 1540.

'It is all glorious music and the ambience of the Cathedral is well caught in this recording. A delightful CD, strongly recommended' (The Organ)

'A quite magnificent recording' (International Record Review)

'An outstanding CD' (Cathedral Music)

'Skilled, thoughtful performances of three great works by a marvellously trained choir' (Gramophone)

'The bright-toned singing combines the clarity and precision essential in this repertoire with notably sensitive shaping of individual lines and excellently judged speeds. The results are exhilarating' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Vivid acoustics and mellifluous phrasing in the plainsong pieces evoke a calming contemplative atmosphere. The exemplary tonal finesse and beautifully judged dynamic response in the votive antiphon Ave rosa sine spinis is striking' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Winchester is one of today's finest English cathedral choirs, and this release can only sustain that reputation. Connoisseurs will find it a delight' (American Record Guide)

79 kr
Image Piano Trios
The Moscow Rachmaninov Trio
Viktor Yampolsky - piano
Mikhail Tsinman - violin
Natalia Savinova - cello

Aleksandr Grechaninov is more widely known for his liturgical music and songs, and his works in other genres were rarely performed until recently. His chamber music in particular is wholly undeserving of the neglect which has befallen it. There are ten major pieces of chamber music by Grechaninov: four string quartets, two clarinet sonatas, a violin sonata and the three works presented here. These lesser-known works reveal that his wide-ranging and creative artistry rivals that of his better-known compatriot composers more commonly represented on disc and in the concert hall.

'Spirited, joyous, and brilliantly played' (American Record Guide)
'Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Such an innocent exuberance as well as an amiable lyrical impulse that it is hard not to find the music easy on the ear, especially in such infectious performances-splendidly energetic, and excellently recorded' (Gramophone)

'The committed, forceful playing of the Moscow players makes a strong case for Grechaninov' (The Independent)
'The Moscow Rachmaninov Trio make a convincing argument for this overlooked repertoire' (The Observer)
'Lovely and fresh-sounding tonal works full of emotional tune-spinning' (Audiophile)

79 kr
Image Choral Music
New London Chamber Choir; Critical Band / James Wood

This recording features a wide variety of works by the Czech composer Leoš Janá„ek, ranging from the mayhem of the "íkadla nursery rhymes and the description of the shameful antics of Mr Kašpar Rucký to the serene beauty of the Lord's Prayer setting. Several of the pieces are only rarely performed-even today when the composer's reputation is growing fast-and are little known outside the Slavic choral tradition which so influenced their style.

'Excellent performances ... a well made and enjoyable record' (Gramophone)

'These performances strike me as nearly ideal ... this enchanting Hyperion disc'
(Fanfare, USA)

'James Wood y su grupo se apuntan un gran tanto con este CD' (Scherzo, Spain)

79 kr
Image Lieder
Stephan Genz, baritone
Roger Vignoles, piano

After their Gramophone Award-winning debut recital of songs by Beethoven, and a double album of Hugo Wolf's 'Mörike Lieder' (with Joan Rodgers), Stephan Genz and Roger Vignoles return to Wolf for the much less well-known early songs to texts by Heinrich Heine and Nikolaus Lenau. It is likely that these little-known songs were recorded here for the first time.

79 kr
Image Summer's Last Will and Testament
English Northern Philharmonia / David Lloyd-Jones

Primarily a renowned music critic and conductor and composer of ballets, Constant Lambert wrote very few choral works. Summer's Last Will and Testament is an extensive cantata of stylistic diversity and emotional power. Completed in 1935, this setting of writings by the poet Thomas Nashe has strong claims to being one of its composer's finest works. Despite attracting little attention at its premiere, Malcolm Arnold called it "one of the undiscovered treasures of the English choral repertoire".

This benchmark recording by the English Northern Philharmonia and David Lloyd-Jones is a first-class demonstration of orchestral and choral brilliance.

79 kr
Image String Quintet
"This is quite glorious ... one senses right from the opening of Bruckner's Quintet-surely one of the finest quintets ever written, for any combination-an intensity that matches its ambitious structure ... it's obvious from the first bars of the achingly beautiful Prelude ... that this is going to be an exceptional performance." (CDReview)

79 kr
Image Songs
Joan Rodgers, soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Roger Vignoles, piano

Mozart's songs are surprisingly varied in many ways. Although there isn't a great number of them, they date from all periods of the composer's short life and are widely diverse in character, from simple strophic charmers such as 'Komm, lieber Mai' (Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge) to extended and intensely serious utterances such as those he wrote for the Freemasons (Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls, from Eine kleine deutsche Kantate). They also vary in language: most are in German but he also set French and Italian texts.

All are represented here, sung by two of Britain's most popular and outstanding singers.

'This marvellous compilation offers no fewer than 25 Mozart songs which genuinely redress this grossly neglected part of his output. A disc which offers rich rewards'
(The Independent)

'Sheer bliss'
(The Sunday Times)

'[An] irresistible disc'
(The Times)

79 kr
Image Voyage à Paris
Felicity Lott, soprano
Graham Johnson, piano

"This record will enchant you. Best of the Month."
(Hi-Fi News)

"Highly desirable."
(BBC Record Review)

79 kr
Image Music for Violin & Piano
Paul Barritt - violin
Catherine Edwards - piano

Growing up in his native Dublin in the 1850s and '60s, Stanford was no stranger to high-quality chamber music, even if the visits to Ireland's capital by pre-eminent executants of the genre were sporadic. As a teenager he recalled with some affection and excitement the solo recitals of Anton Rubinstein, Sigismond Thalberg and Charles Hallé, and string players such as Camillo Sivori, Ludwig Straus, Henry Vieuxtemps, Alfredo Piatti and of course Joseph Joachim, a friend of his father. Hearing Joachim play Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata and unaccompanied Bach at semi-private concerts left a deep

impression on Stanford (himself a budding violinist), as did Joachim's appearances as the leader of Levey's (his tutor's) quartet. As a result of these formative experiences, Stanford became a devotee of chamber music.

The pieces performed here were all written between 1877 and 1905, giving a clear overview of the music Stanford wrote for violin and piano. They include the unpublished Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 70.

'Music of great charm. Fine advocates of Stanford's musical riches' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An exemplary alliance. Not only is their playing consummately refined and joyously articulate, they bring plenty of panache and dedication to this immensely attractive repertoire. The engineering is vividly truthful and Jeremy Dibble's booklet essay is a masterclass in itself. Recommended without reservation' (Gramophone)

79 kr
Image Songs
Susan Gritton - soprano
Eugene Asti - piano

Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix's older sister, was long and unjustly overlooked as a serious composer, despite a considerable and impressive output comprising numerous piano pieces, duets, trios, choral works, chamber music for different instruments, an overture, an oratorio, several major cantatas-and innumerable songs. She was writing music at a time when it was considered unsuitable for a woman from the upper middle classes to have ambitions as a professional musician. Despite her gifts and desire for recognition, throughout most of her life Fanny respected the prevailing conventions and the wishes of her family, accepting the prescribed role of a cultivated Berlin lady of the time. This recording is devoted to 29 of her beautiful songs. Most of them were recorded here for the first time. The poets include Goethe, Heine, Eichendorff, Rückert, Lenau and Geibel, most of whom were known to Fanny personally.

'[Fanny Mendelssohn's] reputation deserves the kind of boost this excellent disc offers. Both Eugene Asti and Susan Gritton get to the heart of these pieces' (BBC Music Magazine)
'Pleasant, delightful ... an excellent record: enterprising programmes, fresh young artists, fine presentation, typical Hyperion' (Gramophone)
'Beautiful, direct, simple and memorable new song[s] ...Asti provides the beautifully limpid, balanced accompaniment you imagine Fanny herself might have played' (International Record Review)

79 kr
Image Music for St Paul's
St Paul's Cathedral Choir
The Parley of Instruments
John Scott, conductor

with Sophie Daneman, Julia Gooding, soprano
Edward Burrowes, Timothy Burtt, Alastair Cook, treble
Robin Blaze, Ashley Stafford, countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump, Mark Le Brocq, tenor
Andrew Dale Forbes, bass

This recording was made to mark the tercentenary of the formal opening in 1697 of St Paul's, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London. It consists of four notable pieces written for the cathedral between 1697 and 1755.

John Blow wrote a new anthem for the opening ceremony. I was glad when they said unto me is a setting of the text which Bishop Compton took for his sermon during the service. Handel's Te Deum and Jubilate, written for the Peace of Utrecht, was first heard in the Cathedral on 5 March 1713. William Boyce's anthem Lord, thou hast been our refuge was written in 1755 for the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, the charity that raised (and still raises) funds for needy clergymen and their families. Like all the pieces recorded here, it is music that demands to be heard in the spacious acoustic of the building for which it was written.

'A very fine demonstration of the English choral tradition at its best'
(Classic CD)

'Warmly recommended'
(BBC Music Magazine)

'Highly recommendable for an excellent programme beautifully performed'
(Organists' Review)

'A disc well worthy of its subject'

'Invigorating and uplifting, this is a disc to raise the lowest and most jaded of spirits'
(Fanfare, USA)

79 kr
Image Songs
Lisa Milne, soprano; Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Roger Vignoles, piano

"Much subtle musicianship in fine and neglected repertory and I am sure that no one who buys it will be disappointed." (Gramophone)

79 kr
Image Mass for five voices
Winchester Cathedral Choir / David Hill

William Byrd, together with Thomas Tallis as the joint holders of the Royal monopoly for printing music, was given free rein to compose sacred music for the Roman liturgy despite Elizabeth I being in principle opposed to such practice. The resulting works are masterpieces of the age, and the Mass for five voices, with its unashamedly Catholic presentation of the words, is the last and most beautiful of the three settings he made of this text.

The Mass is here presented in a 'liturgical' setting with the Propers for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Also included are six further works with connections to this period of the church's year.

'Le choe ur de Winchester est d'une infinie souplesse, d'une clarté d'élocution et d'une transparence remarquables, justement restituées par une prise de son limpide. Des pages parmi les plus grandes de William Byrd, servies par une interprétation du plus haut niveau' (Répertoire, France)

'A generously full CD, spaciously recorded in Winchester Cathedral. The main feature is the rapt, joyous singing of the choir in this magnificent music. Very fine' (Hi-Fi News)

79 kr
Image Violin Concertos
"Inspired performances combining a satisfying historical approach with interpretations that explore
the music's emotional depth."
(American Record Guide)

(The Guardian)

79 kr
Image Battle Mass
'These performances show that Guerrero deserves his anniversary celebration'
(BBC Music Magazine)

'A marvellously varied disc. More please'
(Early Music Quarterly)

'A very important disc'
(Early Music Review)

'James O'Donnell and the Westminster Choir have surely come up with another stunning winner. Hyperion and all involved in this record deserve a very special accolade' (Choir & Organ) 'Anniversary CD of the year-and my personal favourite' (Gramophone)

79 kr
Image Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
(Early Music)

'The unique features, superb playing, recording and annotation make this an issue of unusual interest and irresistible attraction' (Gramophone)

79 kr
Image Songs
'I find this British singer's identification with Tchaikovsky almost uncanny. Having heard countless performances ... in my native Russia, I was totally overcome by Rodgers' unaffectedness and sincerity ... her intonation is faultless, her Russian excellent. A rare treat indeed'
(Vladimir Ashkenazy)

'A lovely record'
(The Sunday Times)

79 kr
Image Masses
Westminster Cathedral Choir
James O'Donnell, conductor

"One of the best choirs in the world. Unmissable"

79 kr
Image A Boy was Born
Thomas Trotter, organ
Corydon Singers; Westminster Cathedral Choristers/Matthew Best

Benjamin Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb Op 30
1 Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues
2 For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry
3 For the Mouse is a creature
of great personal valour
4 For the flowers are great blessings
5 For I am under the same accusation with my Saviour
6 For H is a spirit and therefore he is God
7 For the instruments are by their rhimes
8 Hallelujah from the heart of God

9 A Wedding Anthem (Amo Ergo Sum) Op 46
10 Festival Te Deum Op 32

A Boy was Born Op 3
11 Theme: A Boy was Born
12 Variation 1: Lullay, Jesu ‘Mine own dear mother, sing lullay!’
13 Variation 2: Herod
14 Variation 3: Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour
15 Variation 4: The Three Kings
16 Variation 5: In the bleak mid-winter / Lully, lulley, lully, lulley
17 Variation 6: Finale. Noël!

79 kr
Image Pictures at an Exhibition
Nikolai Demidenko (piano)

Mussorgsky's musical tribute to the painter and architect Viktor Hartmann has become his most familiar work, and this recording presents the original piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition. It is an extraordinary work, combining intense demands for virtuoso technique with an inexorable momentum which keeps what is fundamentally an impressionistic work in many movements moving towards its grand climax with the 'Great Gate of Kiev' finale.

Prokofiev is one of those composers who would constantly reuse material from one work in another. However, although the Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet may seem at first glance to be merely a medley gleaned from the more famous ballet, it should not be forgotten that Prokofiev published the set independently and that it was first performed the year before the finished ballet, perhaps by way of an advertisement for the more challenging (financially, at least) work to follow.

Also included here is Prokofiev's Toccata, written in 1912 while he was at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. The work was possibly conceived as a movement of the Second Piano Sonata, but Prokofiev evidently decided the work was worthy of publication in its own right.

79 kr
Image The Song of Moses/Let God arise
"One of the best finds yet in Hyperion's English Orpheus series" (Gramophone)

"Another indispensable release in the English Orpheus series. The adventurous will find their curiosity amply rewarded"
(Classic CD)

Thomas Linley was born in Bath into a highly musical family. Had he not died tragically young in a boating accident it seems likely that he would have won for himself a far greater name. He travelled widely, was a friend of Mozart (who commented that 'had he lived, he would have been one of the greatest ornaments of the musical world'), and was widely mourned.

The Song of Moses was one of his last works. A grand oratorio in Handelian style, it contains a varied range of arias alongside choruses which are at once expertly written and intensely dramatic (something here developed to the full by the Holst Singers). The story is taken from Exodus (Chapter 15) and concentrates on the Israelites' rejoicing after the Red Sea was closed over the pursuing Egyptian forces-much the same as Handel's Israel in Egypt. This recording is the work's first performance since 1778.

Let God arise is an earlier work, one of his first surviving compositions of any size, and is a large-scale anthem after the
style of Handel or Boyce. Again the choruses have real strength and contrapuntal power, and the arias show a skill rare in one so young.

79 kr
Image Early Scriabin, The
‘A programme of fascinating rarities played with a touching sensitivity and affection … this record is a most impressive achievement,
as beautiful in sound as it is endlessly thought-provoking’


Stephen Coombs, piano

Alexander Scriabin

1-3. Sonata in E flat minor

4 Valse in F minor Op 1

5 Valse in G sharp minor

6 Valse in D flat major

7 Variations on a theme by Mlle Egorova

8 Nocturne in A flat major

9 Nocturne in F sharp minor Op 5 No 1

10 Nocturne in A major Op 5 No 2

11 Sonate-fantaisie

12 Fugue in E minor

13 Canon in D minor

14 Mazurka in B minor

15 Mazurka in F major

16 Étude in D sharp minor Op 8 No 12 second version

17 Prelude in C sharp minor for the left hand Op 9 No 1

18 Nocturne in D flat major for the left hand Op 9 No 2

19 Allegro appassionato Op 4

79 kr
Image Anthems, Motets & Ceremonial Music
...Stylishly performed and intelligently directed...

(Early Music)

Choir of New College, Oxford; the Parley of Instruments/
Edward Higginbottom.

Matthew Locke

1. Descende caelo cincta sororibus ‘The Oxford Ode’

2. How doth the city sit solitary

3. Super flumina Babylonis

4. O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands

5. Audi, Domine, clamantes ad te

6. Lord, let me know mine end

7. Jesu, auctor clementie

8. Be thou exalted, Lord

79 kr
Image Five Canticles, The
‘A superlative Hyperion disc’ (Daily Telegraph)

‘Rolfe Johnson is in superb voice … this disc is an outstanding example of his artistry’ (Gramophone)

Anthony Rolfe Johnson tenor, Roger Vignoles piano,

Michael Chance countertenor, Alan Opie baritone,

Sioned Williams harp, Michael Thompson horn

Five Canticles

1 My beloved is mine, Op 40

2 Abraham and Isaac, Op 51

3 Still falls the Rain, Op 55

4 The Journey of the Magi, Op 86

5 The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op 89

Purcell realizations

6 Let the dreadful engines, Z578

7 In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

8 Evening hymn, Z193

79 kr
Image La Folia and other sonatas
"Highly enjoyable"

"The most persuasive account of Corelli on disc"
(The Rough Guide 100 Essential CDs)

79 kr
Image War's Embers
...An indispensable collection for those who know the repertoire; a revelation to those who do not...


...If you enjoy English song, this set is a must...

...the singers are Britain’s best, and their excellence is matched by the accompaniments of Clifford Benson...

(BBC Music Magazine)

Martyn Hill tenor; Stephen Varcoe, baryton;
Michael George, bas; Clifford Benson, piano.

War’s Embers


1. Only a man harrowing clods


2. The twa corbies

3. Black Stitchel

4. Blaweary

5. The fiddler of Dooney

6. Goodnight to the meadow


7. The wanderer’s song

8. Silent noon

9. The roadside fire


10. The ship


11. Arabia

12. Diaphenia


13. The boat is chafing

14. Cathleen ni Houlihan

15. Edward, Edward

16. The night of Trafalgar

17. Thou didst delight my eyes


18. Brittany

19. Come you, Mary

20. Who would shepherd pipes


21. Shall I compare thee?


22. To violets

23. Last hours


24. Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy


25. Requiescat


26. To Gratiana dancing and singing

79 kr
Image For Children
...An adventurous and well-devised recital, as well played as it is recorded...


Livia Rév spelar här pianostycken som t ex Beethovens "Für Elise" och Mozarts variationer över "Blinka lilla stjärna".

Livia Rév, piano.

89 kr
Image Le Carnaval d'Aix

...This is a cracker of a disc, full of vitality, fabulous tunes, lashings of uncontrollable high spirits. All the players enter into the spirit of the music - tremendous fun...


Jack Gibbons, piano.

The New London Orchestra / Ronald Corp.

Darius Milhaud

1-12. Le carnaval d’Aix

13-18. L’apothéose de Molière

19-44. Le carnaval de Londres

79 kr
Image Songs
'This really must be a find for those who wish to be captivated by some relatively unknown turn-of-the-century French songs'
(Hi-Fi News)

'Claudette Leblanc is a major recording discovery. A model presentation-landmark, classic, and indispensable'
(Fanfare, USA)

79 kr
Image Songs of Youth

...Superb. A heart-warming record...

(Penguin Guide)
Janet Baker, mezzosopran; Geoffrey Parsons, piano.
Gustav Mahler

1. Hans und Grete

2. Winterlied

3. Im Lenz

Lieder und Gesänge "aus der Jugendzeit"

4. Serenade aus Don Juan

5 Frühlingsmorgen

6. Ich ging mit Lust

7. Starke Einbildungskraft

8. Erinnerung

9. Selbstgefühl

10. Nicht wiedersehen!

11. Um schlimme Kinder artig

12. Aus! Aus!

13. Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz’

14. Scheiden und Meiden

15. Phantasie aus Don Juan

16. Ablösung im Sommer

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

17. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht

18. Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld

19. Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer

20. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz

89 kr
Image Lambert's Clavichord / Howells' Clavichord
...Some of Howells's most affecting and personal miniature invention, constantly illuminated by moments of exquisite chromaticism. Performances, recording and booklet notes are exemplary...

John McCabe, piano.

Herbert Howells

Howells' Clavichord

Lambert's Clavichord Op 41

79 kr
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Image Rare Piano Encores
...A delightful collection, beautifully played...

(BBC World Service)

Leslie Howard, piano.

Leslie Howard - Rare Piano Encores

1. Ich liebe dich (Grieg)

2. Erinnerung (Bruckner)

3. Serenad ur Don Giovanni (Busoni)

4. Romans Ess-dur (Rachmaninov)

Franz Liszt

5. Soirées de Vienne

6. Valses-Caprices d'après

7. Valse de Concert sur deux motifs de Lucia e Parisina (Schubert)

8. Viennese Dance (Friedman)

9. Blithe Bells (Grainger)

10. Promenade (Gershwin)

11. Maria Wiegenlied (Reger)

12. Album Leaf (Wagner)

13. Valse Caprice (Rubinstein)

14. Petite Caprice (Rossini)

15. Chanson Bohème (Bizet / Moszkowski)

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Image Etudes / Fantasy / Metopes / Masques
79 kr
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