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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Looking for a deal on acclaimed recordings of popular works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, and Mahler? Interested in exploring less-known composers like Warlock, Schulhoff, Rosetti, and Rott? You've come to the right place!

For two weeks only, ArkivMusic has everything from Sony's Arte Nova label on sale at $5.99 each or 4 for $20.* These recordings are some of the best-kept secrets in classical music, with many best-in-class and one-of-a-kind offerings.

Here are a dozen prime picks from Arte Nova to get you started:

Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 3 & 4 / Bronfman
These are sensational performances. They have everything: drama, poetry, and a real point of view. Exceptionally natural sonics allow the musical excellence of the readings to speak for itself. A marvelous disc!

Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 4, Hebrides Overture
Pople captures the youthful zest of Symphony No. 1, and the Symphony No. 4 is sunny and full of life. His conducting brings out the delicacy of Mendelssohn's orchestrations without sacrificing the drama, finding an appropriate balance between the Classical and the Romantic. In a dozen plays, this album has not worn out its welcome.

Enescu: Symphony No 3, Concert Overture / Mandeal
One gets the vivid feeling that Christian Mandeal has uncorked the genie's flask in the Third Symphony. This music will be warmed to by those who like Scriabin or Szymanowski.

Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri / Kermes, Daus
This finely recorded performance of Schumann's consistently inspired score, with an outstanding Simone Kermes in the role of the Peri, is a conspicuous success. (2 CDs)

Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Leaper, Gran Canaria
Adrian Leaper’s light, fresh-sounding Mahler Symphony No. 1 emphasizes the music’s bucolic nature and evokes the youthful Mahler of the Wunderhorn songs.

Brahms: Double Concerto, Piano Quartet No 1
An extremely strong performance of the concerto in every respect, with both soloists equally matched and equally in charge. The performance of the piano quartet easily eclipses not a few recordings by more widely known artists.

Dvorak: Symphonic Poems / Neumann, Weller
Neumann leads with his customary skill in The Water Goblin and The Wood Dove, with the music sounding more forceful and darker than it usually does, showing these works in a different and interesting light. Walter Weller’s exciting assault on The Noonday Witch is a swiftly visceral, take-no-prisoners account of this masterful score that moves inexorably to its tragic conclusion.

Handel: Water Music / Pople
An expert and elegant performance that is mindful of the current sensibilities – direct and energetic, but not without tenderness when necessary. The modern-instruments ensemble responds admirably. Arte Nova’s recording is first-rate, and its super-budget price can only enhance this disc’s genuine appeal.

Rosetti: Horn Concertos / Radek Baborak
Terrific music that is very much worth hearing. In fact, everything – music, performances, sound – about this disc is compelling. If you like Mozart and Haydn, there’s no doubt you’ll quickly warm to Rosetti.

Schumann: The Violin Sonatas / Alban Beikircher
If you don’t have these works, it’s tough not to suggest this as a first choice, even with the felicities of the other recordings available.

Messiaen: Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps / Ensemble Incanto

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Choral Fantasy / Bronfman, Zinman
Bronfman and Zinman offer a discreet, subtly voiced Emperor that rewards listening with increasing musical dividends. Superbly balanced sound helps clinch an unmissable bargain.

See all of our featured titles from Arte Nova or view the entire Arte Nova catalog while it is all on sale at 4 for $20.* (Sale ends at midnight ET July 31.)

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

Eric Feidner

*Buy 4 or more eligible Arte Nova CDs and pay just $4.99 per disc. Multi-disc sets count toward the 4-for-$20 total on a per-disc basis. (Note: Multi-disc sets of more than 4 discs and titles labeled "Import CD" are not included in the 4-for-$20 promotion.)