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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Well known in Europe for the breadth of its catalog, Berlin Classics features many recordings by exceptional artists who remain unfamiliar in the U.S. Now ArkivMusic has everything from Berlin Classics – well over 1,000 recordings – on sale, making this a great time to get acquainted with some very fine music, as you will find in our top picks below.

Amoretti - Arias by Mozart, Gluck, Gretry / Karg
A rising star in the operatic firmament, Christiane Karg takes the listener on an emotional roller coaster ride that begins with a tender plea and leads via yearning, tenderness, pain, and despair to the final "Adieu."

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie / Matthias Kirschnereit
This is a recital so extraordinarily played that comparisons become superfluous – you simply have to sample artistry as exalted as this.

Cafe - Orient Meets Occident / Pera Ensemble
The aroma of coffee links East and West in a mysteriously sensual manner. Equally sensual are the sounds of the Pera Ensemble. Their CD brings to life the enthusiasm of earlier centuries for the mystic East.

Also available from Pera Ensemble: Baroque Oriental

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto & Quintet / Sharon Kam
Sharon Kam’s playing here is an unadulterated joy to hear. The generous lines and gracious phrasing in the Adagio make this second movement a tender lullaby worth the price of the disc alone.

Von Ewiger Liebe / Anja Harteros
Few Lieder recital CDs provide as much enjoyment as this release from soprano Anja Harteros with pianist Wolfram Rieger. It involves one in a clear emotional journey and, above all, leaves one wanting to hear more of Harteros's ravishing voice.

Rigel: Symphonies / Concerto Cologne
Rigel looks back to late Mozart and forward to the wondrously gifted Méhul and beyond to Beethoven's Eroica and even Brahms and Berwald. These outstanding performances are resonantly recorded, delightful in their range of physical impact, and rippling with life.

Schubert: The Symphonies / Blomstedt, Dresden Staatskapelle
The finest, most consistent Schubert cycle available. These truly are performances where the interpretation simply vanishes into the natural, effortless flow of the music. $20.99 (4 CDs)

Dvorak: The Symphonies / Suitner, Berlin Staatskapelle
Otmar Suitner's Dvorák unquestionably ranks with the very best. He secures absolutely gorgeous playing from the Staatskapelle Berlin. $29.99 (5 CDs)

See more of our featured titles from Berlin Classics while the entire label is on sale now. (Sale ends at midnight ET 4/30/13.)

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

The Arkiv Team