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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Every CD from U.K. favorite Chandos is on sale now at ArkivMusic, featuring acclaimed new recordings from Neeme Järvi, James Ehnes, Sir Andrew Davis, and rising star Edward Gardner in music of Bartók, Prokofiev, Delius, Szymanowski, Massenet, and more.

Here are some of our prime picks from Chandos:

Mendelssohn: Symphonies 4 & 5, Hebrides / Gardner
The “Italian” Symphony leaps off the page in Gardner’s performance with a buoyant spring in its step, and maintains the music’s youthful energy and high spirits. This performance is an impressive one that can stand with the best. The Hebrides Overture is beautifully played and perfectly timed from beginning to end.

Brahms: Clarinet Trio, Cello Sonatas / Collins, Watkins, Brown
The late sonata’s expansive mood and grand sonorities have made it the more popular of the two – it was a favorite of Casals. Yet the melancholy early work doesn’t deserve its comparative neglect. Nor does the Clarinet Trio, as this expressive performance by three of Britain’s finest musicians reminds us.

Walton: Symphony 1, Violin Concerto / Little, Gardner
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! Gardner presides over blisteringly eloquent and splendidly unbuttoned accounts of both these Walton masterworks. With magnificent truthful sound and judicious balance throughout, this terrific coupling should be snapped up without delay.

Sibelius: Suites - Pelleas et Melisande, King Christian II, Swanwhite / Sakari
I cannot remember having enjoyed this music more. Petri Sakari’s performance is totally unaffected, plain and full of enthusiasm; the players sound as if they are enjoying this score and communicate their pleasure. $8.99

Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol 3 / Ehnes
Previous volumes in this series have established violinist James Ehnes as a formidable Bartók interpreter. This latest entry includes the marvelous Contrasts, written for Benny Goodman and Joseph Szigeti, as well as works that incorporate material from a remarkably wide array of folk traditions.

Neeme Jarvi Conducts Massenet
True to form, Järvi has uncovered a collection of minor works by a well-known composer and injected enough sparkle into them to make for hugely enjoyable listening. Järvi is in his element, and his Geneva orchestra responds with spirit and style.

Also available: Neeme Järvi Conducts Chabrier

Scharwenka: Complete Piano Concertos / Markovich
Scharwenka's four piano concertos are together for the first time, in thrilling performances from Alexander Markovich and the Estonian National Symphony under Neeme Järvi. A personal triumph for Markovich, who consistently delivers titanic pianism that few can match these days.

British Works For Cello & Piano Vol 3 / Paul Watkins
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! Another superb chamber partnership (this time from two brothers), instinctively collaborative in passages of both poignancy and urgency.

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1-5 / Bavouzet, Noseda
An exciting addition to the discography. Bavouzet plays these challenging works brilliantly, with crisp clarity, flair, and style. He conveys the sometimes brutal sonorities of the music without letting the piano sound percussive. Noseda draws inspired, colorful playing from the excellent BBC Philharmonic. – The New York Times (2 CDs)

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Jarvi, Bergen
With the original 1877 score and additional material supplied by Tchaikovsky for subsequent performances, Järvi gives us a version that’s more complete than most and boasts superb playing by the Bergen Philharmonic, James Ehnes’s beguiling solo violin contributions, and a killer recording. (2 CDs)

Rozsa: Film Music / Gamba, BBC PO
These performances by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba, who have many a cinematic credit to their name, carry the conviction of an original soundtrack recording in state-of-the-art sound.

Bach: Transcriptions of Concertos by Vivaldi & Marcello / Sophie Yates
An excellent recording and example of Bach’s fertile and facile imagination when recomposing the works of his contemporaries. Sophie Yates's interpretations are both interesting and sensitive, and her playing is, to my ears, faultless.

Dyson: Nebuchadnezzar / Padmore, Hickox
Magnificently performed throughout. Enthusiasts for the festive yet idiosyncratic mainstream of British choral music need look no further.

Turina: Canto a Sevilla / Espada, Roscoe, Mena
The works recorded here are filled with the inspiration which Turina found in his native Andalusia, and particularly the city of Seville. Canto a Sevilla, a song cycle with orchestra, is a heartfelt tribute to Seville and its culture, taking on themes such as the vibrant Easter Procession, Seville’s beautiful ornamental fountains, and even a ghost that haunts the streets at night.

Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin / Ehnes
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! Ehnes's particular combination of matchless virtuosity, sweet tone, flowing tempi, and interpretative restraint suits this music down to the ground. You sense that we are in for a special performance even before the soloist enters, Noseda eliciting a special quality of fairy-tale unreality. A real winner. (2 CDs)

Sullivan: The Beauty Stone / Opie, Gadd, Macdonald
This is certainly one of Sullivan’s more attractive scores. With an excellent cast on hand, there is a great deal to enjoy here. (2 CDs)

Be sure to view all of our featured titles from Chandos, or browse the entire Chandos catalog while every CD from Chandos is on sale. (Sale ends at midnight ET August 3.)

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

The Arkiv Team