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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Always a favorite here at ArkivMusic, Sweden's BIS has long stood out as one of the world's finest classical record labels. The tremendous BIS catalog is now on sale at ArkivMusic.

Here are a few recent releases that exemplify the best of BIS:

The Unknown Sibelius - Rarities & First Recordings
A nicely varied selection of little-known Sibelius. The performances are uniformly terrific, and so are the sonics. Essential for serious Sibelians.

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto, Symphony No 1 / Sudbin, Shui
Something about the chemistry with Yevgeny Sudbin in the mix raises the orchestra from the merely excellent to something spectacularly special. The eloquence of his playing is a joy, and the final Allegro vivace is a crackling set of fireworks.

Ros - Songs of Christmas / Pedersen, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
With this original and wide-ranging Christmas collection, Grete Pedersen has created what might be compared to a rosary, combining 12th-century hymns by Hildegard of Bingen with a carol by the Danish 20th-century composer Per Nørgård, as well as traditional Christmas psalms.

Britten: Works for String Orchestra / Tonnesen, Camerata Nordica
Combining two of Britten’s first masterpieces, Simple Symphony and the Frank Bridge Variations, with the even earlier Elegy for Strings – recorded here for the first time, Camerata Nordica performs with an engaging directness and striking virtuosity.

Bach: Cantatas Vol 55 - Nos 30, 69, 191 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
18 years and 55 discs later, a landmark recording project for BIS is brought to a close. The chronological approach adopted by Masaaki Suzuki means that the three works included here are the last extant cantatas by Bach’s hand.

Piano Rhapsody / Roland Pontinen
Composers from Europe and Russia, a generous playing time of over 5 hours, and a wide-ranging program provide a unique opportunity to explore the piano literature with Roland Pöntinen, whose recorded legacy on BIS marks him as one of today’s finest pianists. (4 CDs)

Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Vadim Gluzman
Terrific performances recorded in stunning sound. This is a recording to relish for years to come, the best for these two Prokofiev masterpieces.

Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony... / Shui
What a pleasant surprise! Goldmark’s Rustic Wedding Symphony is a charming romantic masterpiece that used to be quite popular, and deserves to be popular once again.

Elgar: Symphony No 2, Sospiri, Elegy / Oramo
A very impressive Elgar program – exquisite, glowing, and touching – from a conductor honored by the British Elgar Society with a medal for his achievements.

Great Works for Flute & Orchestra / Sharon Bezaly
Sharon Bezaly's latest disc includes two central works from the repertoire for flute and orchestra – the concertos by Carl Nielsen and Carl Reinecke – as well as less-often-heard gems, such as Cécile Chaminade's melodious Concertino and Charles T. Griffes’ colorful Poem.

The Seasons / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
A superb collection of extremely fine performances, this set should be part of everyone’s collection. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet’s sound is really flexible: from warmly expressive and fluidly lyrical, to the kind of pungency and rhythmic sharpness demanded not only by French composers. What’s not to like? (4 CDs)

Mendelssohn: Double Concerto, Octet / Tognetti, Leschenko, Australian Chamber Orchestra
What a superb group of musicians! Both soloists play with wonderful accuracy and joie de vivre. The eight strings of the Australian Chamber Orchestra play the Octet with such finesse and vitality that they need not fear comparisons with the competition.

Bach: Mass In B Minor / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
One of the great versions of Bach's masterpiece, this performance has everything: great playing, sensational singing from the soloists and chorus, ideal pacing, and a powerful feeling for the character of each movement as well as for the architecture of the whole massive musical edifice. (2 CDs)

View all of our featured BIS titles, or browse the entire BIS catalog while it is all on sale. (BIS sale ends at midnight ET December 3.)

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

The Arkiv Team