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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:

Bartok: Sonatas & Folk Dances / James Ehnes
A must-have disc for the gorgeous E-Minor Sonata, a sweeping documentary of the dominant musical forces at work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ehnes and Armstrong deliver it with expressive romantic fervor.

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)

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)

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.

Britten, Finzi, Holst: Works for Chorus & Orchestra / Hickox
One of the best discs Richard Hickox ever made for Chandos, this is particularly valuable for the premiere recording of Finzi’s Requiem da camera. The two Holst psalm settings are glorious little masterpieces, here given a performance without rival.

Delius in Norway / A. Davis, Bergen
The Bergen Philharmonic plays this music with style and polish. This is an altogether very attractive program of mostly rare Delius works, indispensable for lovers of his music.

Overtures from the British Isles / Gamba
Gamba has assembled an engaging collection of British overtures, spanning the years 1888 to 1935, and the musical standard is high. The repertoire choices and highly sensitive performances speak of a labor of love for conductor and orchestra.

Walton: Symphony No 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.

Atterberg: Symphonies No 2 & 8 / Jarvi
These are marvelous works surely of comparable quality to the symphonies of other Scandinavian composers of the time. Järvi leads vivid, energetic performances greatly assisted by some first-class playing from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Also available: Atterberg: Symphonies No 4 & 6

Cuatro / Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
As with the AGQ's previous three albums, not only are the playing and overall ensemble razor-sharp but every tone color available to a guitarist is exploited to the full. The drama inherent in Sor's Grand Solo is rendered with a lightness redolent of the salon. Serious fun.

An Introduction to Edward Elgar
Gibson’s Enigma Variations is a demonstration-quality recording, with the Scottish National Orchestra in cracking form. His Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory) is also well up to the standard of the competition. $4.99

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Szymanowski: Stabat Mater / Crowe, Gardner
Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater is one of the most touching, intimate, and deeply affecting pieces of music I think I’ve ever heard, with immense credit to the highly sensitive reading by soprano Lucy Crowe and conductor Gardner. I strongly suggest that you hear this one yourself.

Atterberg: Symphonies No 4 & 6 / Jarvi, Gothenburg

Raff: Symphony No 5 "Lenore" / Jarvi, Suisse Romande
Järvi encourages the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande to give of their very best and, abetted by excellently judged sound, the results are biting, driving, refined, and brilliantly exciting. A scintillating ride.

Also available: Raff: Symphony No 2

Music in Exile - Chamber Works by Paul Ben-Haim
Paul Ben-Haim retained his romantic roots far into the 20th century and composed music that’s beautiful and deeply moving, including the works on this disc. The players that make up the ARC Ensemble give deeply committed performances of every one of them.

Bowen: Phantasy Quintet, Piano Trios… / Gould Piano Trio
The superbly crafted and imaginative music of York Bowen is given lively and imaginative performances here. If you have ever wondered about Bowen’s music and what all the fuss was about, this is the disc that will sell you on it. Ten stars, easily.

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.

Eric Feidner