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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

ArkivMusic has made it our mission to keep as many fine recordings of classical music in print and available as we possibly can. You might even say it's in our name!

This week, we're scooping up a handful out of our vast catalog of ArkivCDs to spotlight 50 fantastic recordings that may have slipped through your fingers, and we're putting them on sale.

Start your explorations with these 10 gems from the vaults:

Wieniawski: Violin Concertos / Itzhak Perlman
Perlman captures the warmth and fervor and brilliance and the more than slight salting of showmanship which are part of what is also a genuine lyrical gift. This is superb playing of superb virtuoso music, well worth attention from music-lovers to whom Wieniawski can be hardly more than a name. The recording is suitably warm and vivid. $11.99

Berlioz: Requiem, 5 Sacred Pieces / Ainsley, Dutoit
This performance looms as an embarrassment of riches – an indispensable classic and, in a crowded field, the Berlioz Requiem of choice. $19.99 (2 CDs)

Strauss, Ravel, Dukas / Argerich, Rabinovitch
Here is a record to set the music world on fire, ablaze with the sort of pianistic panache and poetic empathy from which legends are made. $11.99

M. Haydn: String Quintets / L'Archibudelli
These are really fine pieces, comparable on every level with the music of Michael's Salzburg colleague Mozart and his Esterhazy brother. A very appealing disc, finely and sensitively played, and full of sympathetic and musicianly touches. $11.99

Bloch: Concerti Grossi 1 & 2, Schelomo / Hanson
The Concerti Grossi are masterfully wrought, balancing vigorous Baroque counterpoint with a lovely, Romantic warmth. I don't think I've ever encountered a listener who failed to be delighted by them. These extraordinary recordings illustrate how insightful a conductor, how persuasive an advocate, Howard Hanson was. $11.99

Brahms, Schumann, Frühling: Trios / Isserlis, Collins, Hough
A highly imaginative program characterized above all by fine balancing – musically, interpretatively, and technically. Anyone with an ear for Chausson, Korngold, Godowsky, or Kreisler is bound to love the Frühling. $11.99

Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children, Music for a Summer Evening / DeGaetani
The haunting images in the poems of Lorca carry the imagination into a dark and mystical realm that seems utterly real and personal. Crumb's settings are always sensitive to the concept underlying Lorca's words. DeGaetani's flawless performance makes this recording unforgettable. $12.99

C. P. E. & W. F. Bach: Concertos for 2 Harpsichords / Staier, Hill
Though C. P. E. Bach's F Major Concerto alone is worth the price of the record, W. F. nevertheless beguiles and captures one's attention. The performances of these otherwise unrecorded works are full of precision, life, and loving care, and they are exceptionally well recorded and balanced. $11.99

Weinberg Vol 17 - String Quartets / Dominant Quartet
These three quartets are all the proof you could ask for of the individuality and depth of Weinberg's genius. I am thrilled by this extremely fine disc every time I play it, which is proving to be very often. $11.99

Danny Boy - Songs & Dancing Ballads by Grainger / Gardiner
A fabulous disc. Gardiner is characteristically hot in his response to its rhythmic zest, so too his wonderfully articulate, impeccably tuned Monteverdi singers and players. The singing is, by turns, fleet, spry, fireside-cozy, cathedral-rich – or plain raucous. Good grumble-shouts, too. $11.99

See all 50 of our hand-picked ArkivCDs on sale now! (Sale ends at midnight ET April 21.)

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

The Arkiv Team