ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

With so much classical music available, it's easy to miss some terrific recordings – and regrettably, some of these go out of print and become high-priced, hard-to-find collectibles. ArkivMusic has made it a point of pride to bring back as many of these "lost recordings" as we can, and this week we have a selection of our ArkivCD reissues available for just $11.99 each or 3 for $30.* Choose from acclaimed CDs by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, René Jacobs, Gustav Leonhardt, King's College Choir, and many more.

Here are a few choice picks to tempt you:

Britten: Young Person's Guide... / L. Slatkin
I haven't enjoyed Britten's endlessly resourceful Young Person's Guide so much in ages, but the major attraction is the Sinfonia da Requiem, which immediately impresses with the focus and sheen of the orchestral playing.

Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina / Willcocks, King's College
I doubt if any recording made by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge in the fertile Willcocks era will prove more enduring than this celebrated performance of Allegri's Miserere.

Telemann: Suites / Pinnock, English Concert
This disc affords splendid examples of Telemann's seemingly inexhaustible invention. Fine music, fine playing, and a sympathetic recorded sound. What more could one want?

Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony / Salonen
What a grand, fantastic-sounding thing this work is, and Salonen has taken Turangalila's measure most convincingly.

The Road to Paradise / McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort
Do you wish you could find more recordings that make you feel as if you’ve died and gone to heaven? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Rossini: Overtures / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
The Orpheus players project their obvious relish of the music's finesse and wit with a consistent crispness of ensemble that is little short of miraculous.

Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Apollon Musagete / Marriner
An outstanding record in every way – the elegant, characterful solos and clear, warm Kingsway Hall ambience place this account of Pulcinella in a special category.

Mozart, Haydn: Piano Sonatas / Wilhelm Backhaus
Backhaus's interpretations are incomparably more vivid than everyone else's. He has the rare faculty of playing every note as though he had the entire work in view at the same time.

Works for Brass / Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
Brilliant performances of varied virtuoso pieces dating from the 16th century to today, distinguished by perfect ensemble playing caught in first-class sound in an ideal ambience, with the glorious brass sonorities ringing out with utmost clarity.

Mendelssohn: The Piano Quartets / Domus
Mendelssohn's precocity never ceases to amaze: not even Mozart as a teenager was so complete a master of the craft. These quartets contain some of the finest music he wrote during those extraordinary years.

Grandi: Vulnerasti Cor Meum / Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basel
All the items on this CD are gems. Grandi, who may have been a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli, had great melodic gifts and a good ear for dramatic presentation of his texts.

Haydn: 24 Minuets / Dorati, Philharmonia Hungarica
A marvelous and important reissue. Haydn's 24 Minuets is without question the finest single collection of dance music by any of the three great composers of the First Viennese School, and this is a wonderful performance of it.

View our entire list of ArkivCDs now available at 3 for $30,* and start saving today! (Sale ends at midnight ET 9/3/13.)

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

The Arkiv Team

*Buy 3 or more titles from our list of eligible ArkivCDs and pay just $9.99 each.