"Britain's brightest record label"
Founded in 1980, Hyperion is an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. We have been described as 'Britain’s brightest record label'. In January 1996 we were presented with the Best Label Award by MIDEM's Cannes Classiques Awards. The jury was made up of the editors of most of the leading classical CD magazines in the world - Classic CD (England), Soundscapes (Australia), Répertoire (France), FonoForum (Germany), Luister (Holland), Musica (Italy), Scherzo (Spain), and In Tune (USA & Japan).
We named our label after an altogether splendid figure from Greek mythology. Hyperion was one of the Titans, and the father of the sun and the moon - and also of the Muses, so we feel we are fulfilling his modern role by giving the art of music to the world.
The repertoire available on Hyperion, and its subsidiary label Helios (Helios, the sun, was the son of Hyperion), ranges over the entire spectrum of music - sacred and secular, choral and solo vocal, orchestral, chamber and instrumental - and much of it is unique to Hyperion. The catalogue currently comprises nearly 1400 CDs and approximately 80 new titles are issued each year. We have won many awards.
Downloads from Hyperion
Hyperion and Helios recordings are now available for download in MP3 and FLAC formats. The download catalogue includes many recordings no longer available on CD and many that are unavailable for download elsewhere.
Downloads are priced by duration; there is no fixed price for a track. Album prices are pegged to a number of standards, and always represent a saving over the cost of buying the same content in parts.
MP3 and FLAC downloads are offered at the same price.
Discounts for larger purchases
As with CD purchases from this site, we offer generous discounts if you buy in bulk. For downloads, you can buy Pre-pay Credit which can be used against future downloads. Please click here for further details or to purchase Pre-pay Credit.
We offer two download formats:
1. MP3 — high-quality VBR, small files
Our MP3s use Variable Bit Rate (VBR) which creates files of equal audio quality to 320kBps while allowing a file size some 25% smaller; this is achieved by only using the "bits" in the MP3 that are actually required to create the highest quality MP3 possible. MP3 VBR is cross-platform and will play correctly on all but the very oldest of portable MP3 players; a range of test files is available free of charge so you can try out the format.
2. FLAC — CD-quality, large files
FLAC files are lossless and offer full CD-quality; they are over double the size of MP3 VBR. Please note that some media softwares (including iTunes and Windows Media Player) do not currently support this format, particularly on the PC platform; a range of test files is available free of charge so you can try out the format.
Albums, Tracks and Works
In addition to Album downloads and the option to download individual Tracks, we also offer Complete Musical Works which can be downloaded as a single unit.
Hyperion downloads contain as much additional information ('metadata') as possible. This includes cover artwork and, where available, sung texts and translations. Please note, however, that not all media softwares read all of this information; it is all freely available on this website, as are complete PDF booklets.
Last modified 20th Apr 2010