ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Harmonia Mundi is one of the most admired classical record labels – and with good reason: they continually produce some of the finest quality classical recordings, wrapped in luxurious packaging, making each release a joy to experience. Everything from Harmonia Mundi is now on sale at ArkivMusic, including a select group of titles now available at 3 for $20.*

Here are some of our top picks from Harmonia Mundi:

Gary Graffman - The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
The first-ever release of his complete recordings, American pianist Gary Graffman's Complete Album Collection is newly remastered from the original tapes and includes many performances available for the first time on CD. $59.99 (24 CDs)

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Andras Schiff
Having recorded all of the piano sonatas, András Schiff turns to Beethoven's Diabelli Variations – twice – first using an original 1921 Bechstein grand and again on a Hammerflugel fortepiano from Beethoven's own day. $27.99 (2 CDs)

The Rascal and the Sparrow - Poulenc meets Piaf / Pompa-Baldi
Featured on NPR's Deceptive Cadence and a ClassicsToday 10/10! This brilliantly original recital – a splendid tribute to two major contemporaneous figures in French music – is a winner from start to finish. $14.99

All Steinway & Sons CDs are on sale now!

Jorge Bolet - The Last Romantic
A virtuoso who combined daring, delicacy, and soaring lyricism, Cuban-American pianist Jorge Bolet carried the torch for a Romantic tradition of poetic elegance vibrantly on display in this unique collection. $42.99 (9 CDs)

Schumann: G Minor Sonata, Waldszenen / Mitsuko Uchida
Mitsuko Uchida, universally acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost Schumann interpreters, plays works ideally suited to her personal blend of cerebral perception and heart-felt intuition. $13.99

Basically Bull / Feinberg
A ClassicsToday 10/10! A revelation. Alan Feinberg translates the exquisite chromatic ruminations and intricate counterpoint of John Bull's keyboard works into the lush sound world of the modern piano. $15.99

Byron Janis: The Complete RCA Album Collection
The recordings in this collection encompassing the pianist’s RCA Victor years certainly uphold Byron Janis’s youthful reputation as one of the most exciting and dynamic American pianists to have emerged on the post-war scene. $49.99 (11 CDs + DVD)

Prime choices among our select group of HM titles at 3 for $20* include:

Vivaldi - Concert for the Prince of Poland / Manze, AAMA delightful, well-conceived program, executed with refinement of taste and technique. Manze has a pleasing awareness of the inherent poesy and fantasy in Vivaldi's music and has the technique to make the most of it.

Early American Choral Music - Billings / HillierA bumper collection of William Billings – America's first major original, who worked as a tanner and composed 340 choral works – sung with impeccable musicianship, full-throated tone, and warmth and expressive intelligence.

El Canto de Auroras / Sanchez, Alia MusicaAnother compelling release from the excellent ensemble Alia Musica, genuinely dedicated musicians who continue to bring early music enthusiasts a rich repertoire of the rare and unusual.

English Country Dances / Lawrence-King, O'Dette, DouglassThis CD explores the wonderful repertoire of English ballads and country dances which John Playford collected and published during the Interregnum and Restoration periods.

Geminiani: Concerti Grossi VII-XII / Manze, AAMThese ingeniously crafted concerti grossi are a true delight – bright, tuneful and invigorating.

Mozart: Piano Trios / Mozartean PlayersThis sumptuous production still merits the acclaim which greeted its original appearance. Excellent playing.

Bach: Art of the Fugue / FretworkIf you are looking for a solid and musical string version (with period instruments in all their unabashed glory), then this musically engaging performance from Fretwork is at the top of the list.

See all of our featured titles from Harmonia Mundi and select titles at 3 for $20* while the entire HM catalog is on sale. (The 3-for-$20 sale ends at midnight ET 4/30/13, while the Harmonia Mundi label sale continues until midnight ET 5/7/13.)

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

The Arkiv Team

*Purchase 3 or more CDs from our list of eligible Harmonia Mundi titles and you will be charged only $6.66 per CD. The more you buy, the more you save!