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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

U.K. shining star Hyperion has a sterling reputation for producing classical recordings of beauty and distinction. Everything on the Hyperion label is now on sale at ArkivMusic, including a special deal for a limited time on their Helios reissue line, which is now available at 3 CDs for $25.*

Here are just a few of the fine recordings that exemplify the high standards of Hyperion:

Dvorak: Cello Concertos / Steven Isserlis
Steven Isserlis is in spellbindingly eloquent form in an entrancingly poetic and urgently communicative reading that really does sound like it's being captured on the wing. With his gorgeously singing tone, Isserlis brings to this masterpiece an emotional candor as nourishing as it is touchingly unforced. $14.99

Busoni: Late Piano Music / Marc-Andre Hamelin
Marc-André Hamelin is indisputably the king of Busoni pianists. This album offers most of Busoni’s mature works and the widest selection of pieces from the Klavierübung so far recorded, many of them for the first time. $44.99 (3 CDs)

Britten: String Quartets No 1, 2 & 3 / Takacs Quartet
This beautifully recorded set couples raw intensity with subtle refinement. For a recording of all three Britten string quartets, this release is highly recommended. $14.99

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Sarcasms / Steven Osborne
Gramophone's Instrumental Recording of the Year brings an ideal blend of fidelity to the score with a subtle and distinctive musical personality. This may well be the most lucid and musicianly Pictures on record. Hyperion’s sound and presentation are beyond praise. $14.99

Hindemith: Violin Sonatas / Tanja Becker-Bender
Hindemith’s violin sonatas fascinatingly mirror the various stages in the development of his musical language from the vocabulary of late Romanticism to the monumental, contrapuntal and revivified Baroque idiom of his maturity. $14.99

De Rore: Missa Doulce Memoire, Missa A Note Negre / Rice, Brabant Ensemble
The Brabant Ensemble continue their investigation into unknown jewels of the Low Countries Renaissance, recorded with equal amounts of passion and erudition. $14.99

The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 61 - Dohler, Dreyschock / Shelley, Tasmanian SO
This recent entry in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series probes the obscurest depths. Döhler’s concerto is a lavish high-wire act from start to finish, while Dreyschock’s Morceau de concert borrows from the soundworld of Beethoven. $14.99

And here are some top picks among Helios CDs at 3 for $25:*

Palestrina: Missa Dum Complerentur / Baker, Westminster Cathedral
Palestrina's mellifluous counterpoint resonates like whipped cream in the cathedral acoustics, yet the clarity and sensitivity of texture is exemplary. Delicious.

Korngold: Sextet; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht / Raphael Ensemble
Two of the finest examples of the string sextet repertoire, to be enjoyed for what they truly represent—the very summit of late Austrian Romanticism from Imperial Vienna, just before it finally disappeared forever. The Raphael Ensemble are superb in every respect.

Poulenc: Mass in G, Motets / O'Donnell, Westminster Cathedral
The Westminster boys display an uncanny empathy with these miniature masterpieces. Their musicianship shines through every carefully measured phrase and dynamic.

Schubert: Octet / Gaudier Ensemble
Perfect intonation, tonal beauty, impeccable phrasing: it's all here. Richard Hosford's velvety smooth clarinet playing and first violinist Marieke Blankestijn's sinewy timbre make a beguiling combination, and they receive elegant support from their partners.

Byrd: Consort Songs / Robin Blaze
No one had a greater gift than Byrd for writing captivating melodies that flow with a remarkable, cadence-less freedom, and this is the most comprehensive single-disc offering of Byrd's work in this genre. Blaze and his colleagues go to the heart and soul of each and every song, treating each as a unique, personal revelation.

See more featured Helios titles, or browse everything from Helios, now 3 for $25.* And be sure to view all of our featured titles from Hyperion as well as the entire Hyperion catalog while it is all on sale. (Helios 3 for $25 ends at midnight ET November 25; Helios continues on sale at $9.99 per disc until midnight ET December 2, when the Hyperion sale also ends.)

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

Eric Feidner

*Purchase 3 or more CDs from Helios and you will be charged only $8.33 each. The more you buy, the more you save!