ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

The time of year to fill your Christmas stockings with CDs from the Naxos label is here, as ArkivMusic has more than 2,000 titles on sale now at 3 for $25.* The more you buy, the more you save!

Whether it's Rachmaninov or Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein or Terry Riley, the incredible and wide-ranging Naxos catalog has something for every classical music lover to savor.

Here are a dozen top picks from Naxos at 3 for $25*:

Riley: The Palmian Chord Ryddle / Silverman, Wilson, Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
Both works here, by one of the most adventurous and audacious American composers born in the first half of the 20th century, reveal his perpetual spirit of exploration and the achievements of close collaboration between himself and the remarkable musicians. (Audiovisual clip)

Saint-Saens: Works for Violin & Orchestra / Yang, Schwabe, Soustrot, Malmo Symphony
Violinist Tianwa Yang’s performances are totally spellbinding, not just in technical matters, but in their stylish sensibility as well. Her partners are in equally peak form throughout this highly exciting disc. (Audiovisual clip)

R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
A ClassicsToday 10/10! In this luminously played and recorded Ariadne Suite performance, we can savor this opera's glorious music afresh. And although there have been many fine recordings of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, this one stands with the best. (Audiovisual clip)

Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Daphnis et Chloe / Slatkin, Spirito, Lyon National Orchestra
The shimmering orchestration and lush harmonies that epitomize impressionism are lovingly rendered here. This performance and recording comes close to fulfilling all of the composer’s requirements, and ranks high on the list of currently available recordings. (Audiovisual clip)

Songs of Peace & Praise - Choral Music from Queen's College
Taken as a whole, these works pay tribute to the special nature of the shared experience of the glorious world we all inhabit and a hope that we can share it and live in it together for a long time. (Audiovisual clip)

American Pop: Works of Michael Daugherty
The amazingly eccentric UFO, and the quirky Route 66, are much honored works in the Daugherty catalog. His music speaks to us all for its topicality and its tonal language that is at once invigorating, engaging, and relevant. (3 CDs)

Weinberg: Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Kalinovsky, Goncharova
The thoughtful and responsive violinist brings clarity and variety of tone to the music, and is in turn strongly supported by pianist Tatiana Goncharova. Together they form a terrific partnership, able to project this repertoire with unstinting verve and delicacy. (2 CDs) (Audiovisual clip)

Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 5 / Septura
This is an album full of innovative ideas in the re-scoring of familiar early 20th century French music, made by the members of the septet. The virtuosity that the group displays is quite remarkable.

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Etudes-tableaux / Giltburg, Prieto, RSNO
Flashier renditions of these works there may be, but the pianist is probing, not trying to be flashy. The two transcriptions at the end bring down the curtain on these highly satisfying performances of familiar works.

Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 & Clarinet Quintet / Campbell, New Zealand String Quartet
In the composer’s late chamber music masterwork, James Campbell's gorgeous clarinet is in perfect balance and in equal partnership with the strings, which is as it should be. The Third String Quartet receives a truly fine and equally compelling reading. (Audiovisual clip)

Cavazzoni: Complete Works - Italian Ricercars / Wilson
Particularly enjoyable is the stately work of Jacques Brunel, as well the sound effects in the work of Claudio Merulo, a late stage member of this golden musical era. Glen Wilson's playing — as always — is a model of rectitude and clarity. (Audiovisual clip)

Bernstein: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Alsop, Baltimore Symphony
A ClassicsToday 10/10! It’s great to see this music being played with such conviction. I don’t think that the composer himself could have done better. The engineering is rock solid and brilliant by turns. A marvelous release by any standard. (Audiovisual clips)

*Purchase 3 or more CDs from our section of eligible Naxos titles and you will be charged only $8.33 per disc. (Note: Eligible two-disc sets count as two CDs and eligible three-disc sets count as three CDs toward the 3-for-$25 price. Some multi-disc sets and all Super Audio CDs, Blu-ray Discs (audio and video), and DVDs are sale-priced separately and are not part of the "3-for-$25" promotion; Naxos Audio Books are not on sale.)
[Sale ends at midnight ET 1/16/18.]

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

The Arkiv Team