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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Looking for a deal on acclaimed recordings of popular works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, and Mahler? Interested in exploring less-known composers like Warlock, Schulhoff, Rosetti, and Rott? You've come to the right place!

For two weeks only, ArkivMusic has everything from Sony's Arte Nova label on sale at $5.99 each or 4 for $20.* These recordings are some of the best-kept secrets in classical music, with many best-in-class and one-of-a-kind offerings.

Here are a dozen prime picks from Arte Nova to get you started:

Prokofiev: String Quartets, Quintet... / Russian SQ
We all look forward to those moments when a disc unlike any we’ve heard or imagined first comes into our lives prompting thoughts that nothing will ever be the same. And lucky people, your time awaits, and that time ought to be now.

Rosetti: Horn Concertos / Radek Baborak
Terrific music that is very much worth hearing. In fact, everything – music, performances, sound – about this disc is compelling. If you like Mozart and Haydn, there’s no doubt you’ll quickly warm to Rosetti.

Schumann: The Violin Sonatas / Alban Beikircher
If you don’t have these works, it’s tough not to suggest this as a first choice, even with the felicities of the other recordings available.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Choral Fantasy / Bronfman, Zinman
Bronfman and Zinman offer a discreet, subtly voiced Emperor that rewards listening with increasing musical dividends. Superbly balanced sound helps clinch an unmissable bargain.

Dvorak: Symphonic Poems / Neumann, Weller
Neumann leads with his customary skill in The Water Goblin and The Wood Dove, with the music sounding more forceful and darker than it usually does, showing these works in a different and interesting light. Walter Weller’s exciting assault on The Noonday Witch is a swiftly visceral, take-no-prisoners account of this masterful score that moves inexorably to its tragic conclusion.

Janacek: Taras Bulba, Etc / Arming, Janacek Po
Christian Arming directs swift, dynamically charged readings of all three scores. The sonics are extremely clear and natural, letting the music speak effortlessly.

Bach: Goldberg Variations / Dershavina
Dershavina’s mindful, shapely, intimately scaled, and wonderfully alive Bach pianism will continue to satisfy years after you acquire this highly distinctive Goldberg Variations.

Beethoven: String Quartets Op 18 No 6 & Op 127 / Henschel
I was quite bowled over by these young players. The Henschels’ playing of the first movement is positively radiant, brimming with joyful song.

Piano Concertos Of The 1920s / Rische, Poppen
This disc offers not only spectacular performances of some great and uncommon repertoire, but also gives a clear look at an important and unruly decade in our musical history.

Clara Schumann: Piano And Chamber Music / Gelius Trio
If you're not familiar with Clara Schumann's music, this collection of solo and chamber works provides an excellent and inexpensive overview. A handsome release, well worth hearing.

Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 3 & 4 / Bronfman
These are sensational performances. They have everything: drama, poetry, and a real point of view. Exceptionally natural sonics allow the musical excellence of the readings to speak for itself. A marvelous disc!

Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 4, Hebrides Overture
Pople captures the youthful zest of Symphony No. 1, and the Symphony No. 4 is sunny and full of life. His conducting brings out the delicacy of Mendelssohn's orchestrations without sacrificing the drama, finding an appropriate balance between the Classical and the Romantic. In a dozen plays, this album has not worn out its welcome.

See all of our featured titles from Arte Nova or view the entire Arte Nova catalog while it is all on sale at 4 for $20.* (Sale ends at midnight ET July 31.)

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

Eric Feidner

*Buy 4 or more eligible Arte Nova CDs and pay just $4.99 per disc. Multi-disc sets count toward the 4-for-$20 total on a per-disc basis. (Note: Multi-disc sets of more than 4 discs and titles labeled "Import CD" are not included in the 4-for-$20 promotion.)