ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Sweden is known for many things, and has given the world some wonderful classical artists and composers. Undoubtedly, one of the country's greatest exports of classical music over the past 40 years has been the outstanding Swedish record label BIS. With high standards of artistry and sound fidelity, BIS has long been a favorite at ArkivMusic, so we are happy to have every CD from BIS on sale now.

Below you'll find a few of the remarkable CDs that BIS has released just this year, with music from Sibelius and Stenhammar to C. P. E. Bach and Brahms, and delectable performances by Steven Isserlis, Osmo Vänskä, Jakob Lindberg, and more.

C.P.E. Bach: Concertos & Symphonies / Huss
Highly regarded for bringing early and unknown music by Haydn to light, Manfred Huss has also been a long-time champion of C. P. E. Bach – "the father of us all," according to Mozart. The present disc features four of the composer's works plus a bonus by younger brother Johann Christian.

Jacobean Lute Music / Jakob Lindberg
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! The sound of Jakob Lindberg's lute, made in the last decade of the 16th century, is unusually warm in this meticulously voiced recital that moves between court, theatre, and tavern. Lindberg conjures an age that was as perilous as it was rich in musical invention.

Liszt: Les Preludes, Orpheus… / Fruhbeck de Burgos
A ClassicsToday 10/10! A fine recording from the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgosthe best Liszt orchestral recital to come along in many a moon. My, but this man knows his Liszt! If you have ever doubted the quality of this music, here's a disc that should dispel any qualms. Don't pass this one by.

Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged by Henk de Vlieger
Henk de Vlieger's orchestral arrangement of Wagner's Ring Cycle boils down this monumental music drama in four parts to a symphonic poem. The result is an adventure and a sonic spectacular.

Martin Frost Plays Brahms
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! Martin Fröst is joined by Janine Jansen and Roland Pöntinen for his long-desired recording of Brahms's Clarinet Quintet. Sensuous beauty and taut sinew mingle for an interpretation whose fastidious attention to every musical detail results in sovereign excellence, in a sovereign recording.

La Creation du Monde / Delangle, Lindberg
This colorful, sophisticated program showcasing the marvelous alto saxophonist Claude Delangle is absurdly easy to welcome, with engineering that is absolutely demonstration quality. Anyone interested in jazzy, snappy modern repertoire will find much to enjoy.

Mendelssohn: Double Concerto, Octet / Tognetti, Leschenko, Australian Chamber Orchestra
What a superb group of musicians! Both soloists play with wonderful accuracy and joie de vivre. The eight strings of the Australian Chamber Orchestra play the Octet with such finesse and vitality that they need not fear comparisons with the competition.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
As both performance and recording, this is an absolutely stunning release. These two concertos make excellent discmates, for there’s little doubt that Mozart's concerto was echoing in Beethoven’s head when he sat down to write his own C-Minor Concerto.

Nielsen: Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Oramo
A ClassicsToday 10/10! Oramo seems to have started from scratch in interpreting these works, and the results are more interesting and penetrating than ever before. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic does outstanding work here. If you want Nielsen’s two greatest symphonies on a single disc, you can’t do better than this.

Dvorak, Smetana & Suk: Piano Trios / Sitkovetsky Trio
The Sitkovetsky Trio’s performances of these works are in every way the equal of any, and I like them more. I find a communicative expressiveness in their playing that speaks to me on an emotional level. Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky makes some of the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard from a violin; his playing is pure gold.

Respighi: Impressioni brasiliane & La boutique fantasque / Neschling, Liege Philharmonic
One of the finest advocates this composer has ever had, delivering all the fireworks and the depth, too. Respighi performances don’t come much better than this.

Bach Secular Cantatas, Vol. 4: Academic Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
What if Bach composed operas? These two fascinating examples of the "dramma per musica" give us a hint of what a Bach opera would sound like, with singers embodying roles such as gods and other characters from antiquity, and allegorical figures.

See all of our featured CDs from BIS, or browse the entire BIS catalog while every BIS CD is on sale. (Sale ends at midnight ET September 2.)

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

The Arkiv Team