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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

The recordings from Britain's Hyperion label have always been as delightful to the ear as their covers are pleasing to the eye. ArkivMusic now has the wonderful catalogs of Hyperion and their reissue label Helios on sale, including new music from Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Gerald Finley, and more.

Here are some of our top Hyperion and Helios picks:

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Waldszenen; Janacek: On the Overgrown Path Book I / Hamelin
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! In his latest disc, Marc-André Hamelin shows himself a virtuoso in a deeper sense, a virtuoso in sound, color, and poetic empathy, one who, to quote Liszt, "breathes the breath of life."

The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 15 - Zarzycki, Mlynarski / Ugorski
In this latest volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series, we journey to Poland for two concertos by Miynarski and two works for violin and orchestra by Zarzycki (who will be familiar to Romantic Piano Concerto collectors). Violinist Eugene Ugorski plays with buoyant energy and a bright sound.

C. P. E. Bach: Wurttemberg Sonatas / Mahan Esfahani
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! Esfahani's performances wonderfully convey the sense of the younger Bach flexing his muscles in the new musical language that he was involved in creating. Such virtuosity and disarming presentation suggest that Esfahani could inspire a whole new appreciation of the harpsichord.

Dufay, Compere / Andrew Kirkman, Binchois Consort
This music's expressive beauty makes a powerful effect, employing varied textures, opulent harmonies, and often lively rhythms. The singing is uniformly excellent, characterized not only by purity of tone and clarity of lines, but by the rich and complex colors produced by the combined voices.

Kodaly: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Intermezzo; Gavotte / Dante Quartet
Kodály's music is invariably approachable, welcoming without avoiding complexity. It is superbly played and recorded here; these readings are of the highest order.

Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 & 24 / Angela Hewitt
Angela Hewitt is joined by frequent collaborator Hannu Lintu leading the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada in sparkling and stylish renditions of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 22 and 24.

Szymanowski: Masques, Metopes, Etudes / Tiberghien
An often overlooked treasure-trove of the repertory, Szymanowski’s piano pieces are at last gaining wider currency. Few players of this music combine quite such clarity and articulation with shimmering sparkle and virtuosic flair as Cédric Tiberghien: this is sophisticated pianism.

Howells: Choral Music / Archer, Wells Cathedral Choir
A ClassicsToday 10/10! For a single-disc taste of this outstanding composer's service and Christmas music, you won't go wrong with this. $8.99

Arensky: Piano Trios / Leonore Piano Trio
Music to rejoice in an all-Russian fountain of melodic charm, embroidered with an alternating full and delicate tracery. The Leonores play with truly glorious affection and security, and it is hard to imagine playing of a greater empathy. Balance and sound are ideal.

The Romantic Cello Concerto Vol 4 - Pfitzner / Gerhardt
The three Cello Concertos recorded here reveal a warmer, more human side to Pfitzner’s character. Gerhardt holds it all together with his sustained singing lines, while Weigle and his Berlin band provide vividly pointillist backing.

Pierne: Piano Quintet; Vierne: String Quartet / Lane, Goldner String Quartet
Gabriel Pierné and Louis Vierne are two of the best and most underrated of French composers. This disc makes a strong case for their importance and their legacies.

Complete Organ Music of Maurice Durufle / John Scott
Consummate phrasing, perfectly judged crescendos and bags of atmosphere. John Scott's playing is magisterial in its sheer elegance, discriminating taste, and devotion to the music. $8.99

Zemlinsky: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Brabbins, BBC Wales
These finely crafted symphonies date from a period when Zemlinsky was musically in awe of Brahms, and Brabbins and Hyperion allow us to hear Zemlinsky as the expansive romantic mid-European young man of the 1890s.

Kreisler: Violin Music / Jack Liebeck
This estimable Kreisler compilation from the young British violinist Jack Liebeck heralds his new alliance with Hyperion, and one could hardly imagine a more propitious start, concluding with the astounding account of Kreisler’s formidably taxing reworking of the G minor "Devil’s Trill" Sonata by Tartini.

Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions / Howard Shelley
Rachmaninov's mix of Slavonic wit and melancholy is caught to perfection by Howard Shelley, a true keyboard aristocrat. $8.99

Rubinstein: Piano Quartets / Howard, Manning, Goff, Pearson
Rubinstein was the first international professional Russian composer. His influence is almost incalculably vast on succeeding generations of Russians. The playing is especially potent in the dramatic sweep of the C major, in which Rubinstein’s romantic creative urge is all the more confident, complementing Lisztian passion and bravura with color and harmonic dexterity.

See all of our featured titles from Hyperion & Helios, or browse the entire Hyperion and complete Helios catalogs while they are on sale. (Sale ends at midnight ET June 30.)

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

The Arkiv Team