Hyperion label has been sold.
Looks like Hyperion has just been sold to Universal (see: Slipped Disc). It's sad to see another independent label subsumed into one of the majors. On the plus side, perhaps we'll soon start to see the fantastic catalogue of Hyperion recordings appearing on streaming services.
Looks like Hyperion has just been sold to Universal
Wow, thanks for sharing that news!
I agree that, on one hand, it’s sad to see Hyperion has been sold to one of the big labels… and I imagine that some of the musicians they represent will be wondering what that means for their own recording futures.
But the plus side you mention could be huge for all of us, if Hyperion’s catalogue really does become available to stream. In my opinion, the lack of Hyperion has been by far the most significant hole in the classical streaming offering (and it was hard to see how that strategy might be sustainable for Hyperion either).
I’m already thinking of all those favourite Hyperion albums and looking forward to streaming them. Hopefully 😊
What interesting news.
I immediately wonder what recordings I would want to hear first IF Hyperion's catalogue becomes available for streaming. I tend to think of performers rather than specific works: Graham Johnson (and all the singers he has accompanied), the Florestan Trio, Angela Hewitt, Takacs Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, .....
Googling for "top hyperion recordings" throws up this remarkably eclectic selection:
Whatever happens, I very much hope that the liner notes (a hugely valuable resource) will still be easily available.
The first batch of Hyperion recordings has been released on streaming platforms today including recordings by Stephen Hough and Angela Hewitt: https://www.classical-music.com/news/hyperion-records-to-stream-for-the-first-time/
This should keep me busy this weekend.
That news has made my day 🎉 Thanks Paul.
At last we will have a streaming catalogue that feels complete!
"The label will be released for streaming in stages, with 200 albums now available – including all of the 45 Hyperion albums to have received a Gramophone Award – followed by further fortnightly themed tranches starting on September 15, until by spring next year all 2000 albums in the catalogue will be released."
Gramophone has posted a list of 20 "unmissable recordings" that are in the first batch. https://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/article/hyperion-records-20-unmissable-recordings
I remember, back in the Primephonic forum, Jen mentioning Ibragimova's solo Bach album. It's in the first batch.
Ibragimova's solo Bach album. It's in the first batch.
Indeed it is 🎉
Along with her recording of Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for solo violin:
… and so many of Stephen Hough’s albums I’ve been missing. And…
I can’t stop smiling 😊!
It’s been quiet here recently but I couldn’t resist sharing this Hyperion treasure:
The Harmonious Blacksmith is well known, the other Suites less so and I wonder why - they are fabulous, fascinating pieces. And Danny Driver does them full justice.