ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Classical music appears as vibrant as ever, with new recordings seemingly sprouting as often as the tulips this time of year. To help you keep up with some great new releases you might have missed, we've put together a list of fresh music for spring, all on sale now.

Here are a handful of colorful picks to get you started:

Grainger: Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra / Davis, Melbourne Synphony
Complementing the Chandos Grainger Edition, this new disc features the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus joined by the Sydney Chamber Choir under Sir Andrew Davis for works requiring large choral forces.

Haydn: Piano Concertos No 3, 4 & 11 / Hamelin
A ClassicsToday 10/10! Marc-André Hamelin combines style, exuberance, and dazzling technique with a palpable sense of joy in Haydn’s three most popular concertos.

Lutoslawski: The Symphonies / Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, both sharing strong ties to Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth with this set of his complete symphonies. (2 CDs)

Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 4 / Vanska, Minnesota
Osmo Vänskä's readings of Sibelius's Second and Fifth Symphonies were widely praised as among the best ever. Now he brings his magic touch to the First and Fourth.

Elgar: Enigma Variations; The Wasps; Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves / Stern, Kansas City Symphony
Stern and his great orchestra deliver a thrilling and thoroughly idiomatic performance that can stand toe-to-toe with those of the best British orchestras and conductors. The recorded sound is absolutely breathtaking. Detail after delectable detail emerges with an astonishing clarity.

Fellow Traveler - The Complete String Quartet Works Of John Adams / Attacca Quartet
"An exhilarating new CD. The playing is exuberant, funky, and exactingly nuanced. A vivacious, compelling set." – The New York Times

Lorraine - Bach: Mein Herze Schwimmt Im Blut / Hunt Lieberson, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
A ClassicsToday 10/10! There is a lifetime of great and deep music-making here, as if one were hearing the confession of a dear friend. I was stunned by the beauty of the singing, playing, and sincerity, and so will you be. It’s like listening to the truth.

Szymanowski: Symphonies No 2 & 4 / Gardner
An excellent recording of two of Szymanowski’s great symphonies. The Symphony No. 2 will carry you away in a bubble of orchestral sensuousness and transport you to lost worlds.

Onslow: Cello Sonatas / Maria Kliegel
These very agreeable works will find immediately receptive ears among fans of early-Romantic chamber music. Happily, they are realized by two very competent and obviously devoted performers who work together in stylistic accord and a lively interactive dynamic.

Britten: The Canticles / Ben Johnson, James Baillieu
A superb collection containing some of the most intensely beautiful of all Britten's vocal writing.

Prokofiev: Symphony No 6 / Litton, Bergen PO
Andrew Litton and his team pull off Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony very well. The first movement builds inexorably to its apotheosis, and the finale remains at a high voltage straight through the elegiac coda. The suite from The Love for Three Oranges is similarly stunning: bright and dazzling, elegant and full of humor.

Pour Passer La Melancolie / Andreas Staier
Andreas Staier's extraordinary new album examines cults of melancholy in 17th-century keyboard music. Much of this music sounds as if it were written centuries after its time, and Staier plays it all with wonderful commitment on a newly restored late-17th-century harpsichord.

All Harmonia Mundi titles are on sale!

Be sure to view all of our fresh music for spring on sale. (Sale ends at midnight ET May 31.)

Don't forget, we still have...

Select Great Recordings of the Century at $4.99 per Disc
Don't miss your chance to freshen up your library with some timeless EMI recordings at an incredible price.


And don't overlook these sales that end at midnight ET Tuesday, April 30: select Harmonia Mundi titles at 3 for $20,* all Berlin Classics CDs, and everything from new label Grand Piano.

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! (Note: Some stock in the 3-for-$20 sale is limited at these prices.)