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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

British label Avie has cultivated a fine catalog of classical recordings by letting the artists be in charge. This catalog, which features the first complete symphony cycle of Austrian composer Hans Gál and artists from Andrew Parrott to Brook Street Band, is now on sale at ArkivMusic.

Here are some of our current top choices from Avie:

Gal, Schumann: Symphony No 1 / Woods
Kenneth Woods completes his acclaimed cycle of the symphonies of Hans Gál (the first of its kind) with the Symphony No. 1. The music is bold, uninhibited, and persuasive, the writing is virtuosic, and the orchestration is colorful.

Sibelius, Ades: Violin Concertos / Hadelich, Lintu
Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs these two concertos to show their subtle connection – phrase shapes, harmonies, rhythms, and colors in one remind us of something in the other. Combining these concertos on one recording makes each one shine in a way they wouldn’t without the other.

Mahler: Symphony No 2 (Arr. for Small Orchestra) / Kaplan, Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Gilbert Kaplan, one of today’s most authoritative interpreters of Mahler's Second Symphony, leads a new chamber arrangement that recalls Schoenberg’s scaled down versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Fourth Symphony. (2 CDs)

Les Amis - Debussy, Caplet / Elizabeth Hainen
This music of two friends, Debussy and Caplet, features the commendable harp playing of Elizabeth Hainen and includes Caplet's Conte fantastique. Snap up this disc if you are unfamiliar with this substantial 17-minute tone poem – it is one of the masterpieces of its era.

Handel: Trio Sonatas Op 2 / Brook Street Band
These are wonderful performances of uplifting music beautifully recorded. What more could you want?

Choirs of Angels - Music from the Eton Choirbook Vol 2
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford returns with a second volume from the vast collection of 15th-century English sacred music, the Eton Choirbook, which demands extraordinary virtuosity from its performers.

The American Album / Cypress String Quartet
An appreciation of the American musical spirit headlined by Dvorák’s "American" Quartet, with works by Charles Griffes, Samuel Barber, and contemporary composer Kevin Puts.

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Parrott, Taverner Consort
This new Orfeo is beautiful indeed, in line with the salon-sized performances given at the court of Mantua. This exquisite, delicate reading is a glorious alternative to more operatic ones. (2 CDs)

Schumann: Piano Trio No 2, Kinderszenen, Piano Quartet / Benvenue Fortepiano Trio
You almost feel privileged to be listening in on a performance this good. You’ll be completely taken in and involved in the Benvenue Trio’s music-making. It is as if these musicians are not the ones communicating with you, but Robert Schumann himself.

Handel, Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus / Rees, Choir of Queen's College Oxford
The Handel Dixit Dominus is one of the masterpieces of the composer's early years, and it receives an absolutely superb performance here. Everything about this album represents British Baroque performance at its best.

Come to the River / Apollo's Fire
An evocative journey through early 19th-century America, with folk songs, fiddle tunes, ballads, and hymns. Wonderfully exuberant performances of music that offers life in abundance.

Histoire du Tango / Hadelich, Sainz Villegas
Violinist Augustin Hadelich conjures a dark and sultry night of fiery, hot-blooded dancing alongside award-winning Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Be sure to view all of our featured titles from Avie as well as the entire Avie catalog while it is all on sale! (Sale ends at midnight ET April 1.)

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

The Arkiv Team