ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Many fine artists with major-label recordings to their credit – Viktoria Mullova, Susan Graham, Barbara Bonney, Pascal Rogé, The Borodin Quartet, The Nash Ensemble, and more – have found a new level of artistic freedom at the artist-friendly label Onyx Classics. With over 100 releases to date, Onyx has also established a reputation for high quality.

We are pleased to have the complete Onyx catalog on sale at ArkivMusic for the first time. Here are just a few highlights:

Debussy Edition / Pascal Roge (5 CDs)
Rogé is far more a poet of the piano than a virtuoso of the keyboard, and his performances breathe the air of the nights in Granada, glow with the radiant light of the moon, and dance with the swirl of the snow. $34.99 (5 CDs)

Martinu: The 6 Symphonies / Belohlavek, BBC SO
Gramophone's 2012 Orchestral Recording of the Year! These performances are consistently fine. If you want a complete Martinu symphony cycle, you can't do better than this. $48.99 (3 CDs) – $25 Off List Price!

Brahms: Chamber Works / Nash Ensemble (4 CDs)
The subtlety, the sheer dexterity of the interplay between the members of the Nash Ensemble can be dizzying to hear. This is very classy playing indeed. $34.99 (4 CDs)

Schumann: Chamber Works / Gringolts Quartet (5 CDs)
These performances will bring lasting pleasure. The most important qualities – the true Schumann characteristics – are wonderfully evident, and the players' total emotional commitment is admirable. $34.99 (5 CDs)

Virgins, Vixens & Viragos / Susan Graham
An eclectic program ranging across three centuries, four languages, and a diverse array of idioms. A recital of rare versatility and panache.

Borodin, Glazunov, Arensky / Nash Ensemble
Borodin’s string sextet has a melancholic simplicity. Glazunov’s quintet is a masterpiece of Russian romanticism that overflows with sumptuous writing. Arensky’s quartet is an unforgettable eulogy to Tchaikovsky. If you’re missing even one of these extraordinary pieces, buy this now.

Saint-Saens: Symphony No 1, Cello Concerto / Dumay
For the concerto alone, I give this a five-star recommendation, but it comes with an equally illuminating performance of Saint-Saëns’s First Symphony, which may make you reassess your thoughts about this delightful early work.

Affettuoso / Emilio Percan
This is a superb disc, in fact one of the best discs with Baroque violin music I have heard for some time. Making the acquaintance of the music of Giovanni Antonio Piani was a most pleasant experience.

Schumann: Quartets 1-3, Piano Quintet / Gringolts
These clear-eyed and thoughtful performances by the Gringolts Quartet demonstrate that Schumann's abilities in the string quartet genre were considerable, and they show his careful balancing of the parts and bring out the motivic coherence he derived from Beethoven.

Chopin, Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas / Wispelwey
Pieter Wispelwey and Paolo Giacometti’s Chopin is intense, and intensely nuanced. The Mendelssohn is similarly distinguished by the evident passion and subtlety of the playing.

We have more great music on sale from Finnish label Ondine, Orfeo Recordings from Germany, Dutch bargain label Brilliant Classics, and Grand Piano from Naxos.

As always, I thank you for your support and love of classical music.

The Arkiv Team