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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

The Netherlands-based Pentatone label is on sale this week at ArkivMusic!

Enjoy an unparalleled listening experience from the label noted internationally for their use of superior audio recording technology, world-class artist roster, and connoisseur's taste in choice of repertoire.

Below are a few of our recent favorites from Pentatone:

Grand Tour: Baroque Road Trip / Murphy, New Dutch Academy
A fascinating journey through Europe in a sumptuous program of Baroque musical treasures. These vivid performances not only celebrate the glories of the Baroque but also the sheer joy of making music.
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / Manze, North German Radio Philharmonic
The excellent modern-instrument orchestra plays with a period lightness; Manze's close attention to wind detail and internal balance pays off remarkably well. The effective combination of pace, precision, flexibility, and transparency is echt-Mendelssohnian. (Audiovisual clip)
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles / Conlon, LA Opera
The fine singing actress, Patricia Racette, excellently conveys Marie Antoinette’s sense of fear and regret. Her duets with Christopher Maltman, who sings Beaumarchais, are lovely. James Conlon conducts with absolute clarity and forward propulsion. (Audiovisual clip!)
$21.99 – (2 SACDs) – 2016 Release

De Falla: Noches en los Jardines de Espana & El Sombrero de Tres Picos / Yamada, OSR
The fabled orchestra performs both works with great refinement and play with virtuoso understatement throughout. Falla’s fine grained color shifts and sonority are immaculately judged, textures clean yet sensual. (Audiovisual clips)
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

The Aeolian Organ at Duke University Chapel / Jacobson
Jacobson’s account of Finlandia is tremendous, his playing very well judged in terms of scale, articulation, rhythm, and coluor. As for the sound of this mighty beast it’s simply stupendous. This is an absolute must for organ fans. (Audiovisual clip)
$13.99 – (SACD) – 2016 Release

Handel: Parnasso in festa / Marcon, La Cetra, Barockorchester Basel
This is a superbly crafted masterwork is packed with the composer's typically breathtaking arias, duets, and choruses. American soprano Robin Johannsen's superbly agile voice is both fresh-sounding and expressive. (Audiovisual clip)
$21.99 – (2 Hybrid SACDs) – New Release

Bach: Orchestral Works / Alfeyev, Russian National Orchestra
Russia’s foremost composer brings his compositional skills to bear on the music of Bach. This disc is something out of the ordinary and will appeal even to those whose CD collection includes a wealth of Bach transcription recordings.
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe / Gimeno, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
This vast musical fresco with its shimmering harmonies, magical diaphanous textures, and spectacular conclusion is compellingly and idiomatically realized here on this most recent of several stunning releases by conductor and orchestra for the label.
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

Getty: The Canterville Ghost / Foremny, Oper Leipzig
The composer has a fine sense of the contrast between Old World and New World that lies at the heart of Wilde's tale. The recording is very fine, and opera lovers looking for something new will find this an involving experience. (Audiovisual clip)
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

Brahms: String Quintets / West German Radio Symphony Chamber Players
There is not a hint of restraint in the playing; the power and lyricism of these quintets is given full expression. That, combined with the label's usual very high quality engineering, makes this a necessary purchase for all lovers of late-romantic chamber music.
$13.99 – (SACD) – New Release

View all of our featured Pentatone titles, or browse the entire Pentatone catalog while the label is on sale. (Sale ends at midnight ET September 26.)

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

The Arkiv Team