Announcing the Classical Sale Labels for March, 2017
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HBDirect is pleased to announce 20 classical labels on sale in March! In addition to discounts on such popular labels as Nimbus, Orfeo, Ondine and Pentatone, you'll find bundle deals on Brilliant Classics and Telarc Jazz. Below are recommended titles from several of the more popular labels as well as links to hundreds more recommendations. Save now while earning cash-back on a future order with our Music Rewards program - Click to learn more!
Complete Classical Labels On Sale Through March 31st
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----- Nimbus - Click to view all Recommended Nimbus -----
Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Op. 44 Nos. 1 & 3 / Parker Quartet
Recommended TitleMendelssohn: String Quartets
Parker Quartet
"Throughout, you're aware of individual contributions within an impeccable ensemble... this is a delectable addition to the Mendelssohn quartet discography." -Gramophone
Augusta Read Thomas (b.1964): Of Being is a Bird - works for piano, solo violin, string quartet, percussion quartet, soprano & ensemble / Claire Booth, soprano; Nathan Cole, violin; Nicola Melville, piano
Recommended TitleAugusta Read Thomas:
Of Being is a Bird

Claire Booth, soprano; Nathan Cole, violin; Nicola Melville, piano
"Irresistible forward drive, pausing only for moments of radiant beauty." -BBC Music Magazine
French Organ Music, Vol. 4 - works by Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (c.1632-1714); Nicolas-Antoine Lebegue (c.1631-1702) / David Ponsford, organ
Recommended TitleFrench Organ Music, Music of Nivers & Lebegue
David Ponsford, organ
"Lots to savour, including occasional nightingales and mighty ravalements. Who says the Brits can't stump up brilliant performers of this repertoire?" -Choir & Organ

----- Ondine - Click to view all Recommended Ondine -----
Erikki Melartin (1875-1937): Dream face; Marjatta; The Blue Pearl / Soile Isokoski, soprano; Finnish Radio SO, Hannu Lintu
Recommended TitleErikki Melartin: Dream Face; Marjatta; The Blue Pearl
Soile Isokoski, soprano; Finnish Radio SO
"[Traumgesicht] gets a darkly glowing performance here... [Marjatta], gloriously sung by soprano Soile Isokoski" -The Guardian
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 / Paavali Jumppanen, piano
Recommended TitleBeethoven: Piano Sonatas, 'The Tempest', 'Les Adieux'
Paavali Jumppanen, piano
"Paavali Jumppanen's Beethoven cycle gets better with each new instalment and nearly everything here is a keeper... I look forward to the fifth and final volume." -Gramophone
Hindemith: Symphonie 'Mathis der Maler'; Symphonie in Es (1940) / NDR SO, Christoph Eschenbach
Recommended TitleHindemith: Symphonie 'Mathis der Maler'; Symphonie in Es
Christoph Eschenbach, NDR Symphony Orchestra
"Eschenbach and the NDR Symphony Orchestra give a fine performance, in quite spacious tempos..." -BBC Music Magazine

----- Bridge - Click to view all Recommended Bridge -----
Benita Valente, Vol. 2 - studio and concert recordings from 1980 & 1985. Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wolf / Benita Valente, soprano; Cynthia Raim, piano; Harold Wright, clarinet
Recommended TitleBenita Valente, Vol. 2
Studio and Concert Recordings from 1980 & 1985
"Simply a wonderful recording celebrating the career of Benita Valente. It is a combination of "studio recordings with concert recordings, made with some of Ms Valente's favorite pianists"." -American Record Guide
Paul Lansky (b.1970): Contemplating Weather / Susan Grace, Alice Rybak, piano; Meehan/Perkins Duo; Western Michigan University Chorale; Adams
Recommended TitlePaul Lansky: Contemplating Weather
Perkins Duo; Western Michigan University Chorale
"The pieces are pleasing, unassuming, and again tonal, with plenty of diatonic scales and toe-tapping rhythms." -American Record Guide
Hugo Wolf: Spanish & Italian Songbook / Birgid Steinberger, soprano; Michaela Selinger, mz; Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone
Recommended TitleHugo Wolf: Spanish & Italian Songbook
Birgid Steinberger, soprano; Michaela Selinger, mz; Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone
"The women here both have lovely, well-produced voices, as shown by Steinberger's thrilling conclusion to 'Wehe der, die mir verstrickte." -ARG

----- Dacapo - Click to view all Recommended Dacapo -----
Carl Nielsen: Violin Concerto; Flute Concerto; Clarinet Concerto / Nikolaj Znaider, violin; Robert Langevin, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet
Recommended TitleNielsen: Chamber Works
Nikolaj Znaider, violin; Robert Langevin, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet
"As expected, the performances are highly professional. Znaider, Langevin, McGill, Gilbert are in complete command of Nielsen's scores" -American Record Guide
Per Norgård (b.1932): Symphonies 1 & 8 / Sakari Oramo, Vienna PO
Recommended TitleNorgärd: Symphonies 1 & 8
Sakari Oramo, Vienna PO
"This is challenging music that may reward sympathetic listeners. I was a bit surprised to hear the conservative VPO involved in this project, but they play Sibelius well." -American Record Guide
Busy Bees and Birds: Works for recorder by Mogens Christensen (b.1955) / Pernille Petersen, recorder; Per Palsson, guitar; Bjarke Mogensen, accordion
Recommended TitleMogens Christensen: Works for Recorder
Pernille Petersen, recorder; Per Palsson, guitar; Bjarke Mogensen, accordion
"The music is light and quick, with passages of longer held tones and passages of pointillistic textures. " -American Record Guide

----- Pentatone - Click to view all Recommended Pentatone -----
Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 10 / Italian Quartet
Recommended TitleSchubert: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 13
Italian Quartet
"They make an excellent case for the early, experimental - and often patronised - E flat quartet." -Sunday Times
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) & Tchaikovsky: Russian Dances / Orch. de la Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada
Recommended TitleRussian Dances
Zazuki Yamada, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande
"The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande boast a fine pedigree when it comes to Russian ballet..." -Gramophone
Dvorak: Overtures - In Nature's Realm; Carnival; Othello; My Home; Hussite / Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrusa
Recommended TitleDvorak: Overtures
Jakub Hrusa, Prague Philharmonia
"The Czech musicians play this music, and the earlier My Home and Hussite, with native zeal." -Sunday Times

----- Orfeo - Click to view all Recommended Orfeo -----
Beethovne: Fidelio / James King, Eva Marton, Aage Hauglund, Lilian Watson, Theo Adam, Kurt Rydl, Tom Krause. Vienna PO, Maazel
Recommended TitleBeethoven: Fidelio
Lorin Maazel, Vienna PO
"The musical performance is - of course - strictly organised, well played and unfailingly together on a nuts and bolts level... " -Gramophone
Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concertos; Myths / Baiba Skride, violin; Vasily Petrenko; Lauma Skride
Recommended TitleSzymanowski: Violin Concertos; Myths
Baiba Skride, violin
"The music's calls for portamentos are dextrously handled, and she maintains an enviable tonal purity." -International Record Review
Bach: Goldberg Variationen / Konstantin Lifschitz, piano
Recommended TitleBach: Goldberg Variations
Konstantin Lifschitz, piano
"There is plenty of variety of touch, and some subtly different ornamentations in this interpretation... The sound is first class." -ARG

----- London Philharmonic Orchestra - Click to view all Recommended LPO -----
Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 / London PO; Skrowaczewski
Recommended TitleBruckner: Symphony No. 3
Skrowaczewski, London PO
"Both conductors obviously know this music in a way few others ever had. Wonderful sound." -American Record Guide
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Helen Donath, Doris Soffel, Siegfried Jerusalem, Hans Sotin. Solti, London PO
Recommended TitleBeethoven: Missa Solemnis
Georg Solti, London PO
"Indeed, it is Solti who is able to bring the last ounce of strength and energy to the entire piece." -American Record Guide
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Sarah Connolly, Toby Spence. Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Recommended TitleMahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Nazet-Seguin, London PO
"You easily hear the nuances of some of Mahler's most fascinating scoring." -American Record Guide

----- Marco Polo - Click to view all Recommended Marco Polo -----
Godowsky: Piano Music, Vol. 12 / Konstantin Scherbakov, piano
Recommended TitleGodowsky: Piano Music, Vol. 12
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano
"Scherbakov is a good advocate for these technically challenging works." -American Record Guide
Braga Santos: Symphony no 4, etc / Cassuto, Ireland NSO
Recommended TitleJoly Braga Santos: Symphony No. 4
Cassuto, Ireland NSO
"...the recording - vivid and of very wide range - is among the best Marco Polo has given us." -BBC Music Magazine
Pacius: The Hunt of King Charles / Aalto, Kattelus, et al
Recommended TitlePacius: The Hunt of King Charles
Rasilainen, Pori Sinfonietta
"Musically this is a beautiful work...The vocal writing is sure and the chorus is used very effectively." -ARG

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