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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

There are just a few days left to take advantage of ArkivMusic's 3 for $20 sale on the Naxos label. Our Featured releases from Naxos are just a small sample of the thousands of recordings now on sale -- but only until Dec. 31, 2013!
And for your new iPod, phone, or tablet, Naxos MP3s are just $4.99 per "disc"!
Here are some new Naxos favorites :

Tchaikovsky: The Queen Of Spades Suite; Voyevoda Suite / Breiner, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky's ballet suites are among his most played pieces, but the music from his operas is less familiar. These orchestral suites containing music from The Queen of Spades and The Voyevoda are highly melodic, memorable, and dramatic. The richly romantic orchestration is idiomatic and judicious.
Mozart: Missa Brevis, Regina Coeli, Fantasy / Lucas, St. Albans Cathedral Choirs
This is a thoroughly recommendable collection of sacred choral music with an excellent quartet of soloists and expert playing from the period instrument group Sinfonia Verdi.
Grieg: Olav Trygvason; Landkjenning; Sigurd Jorsalfar / Engeset, Malmo Symphony
Grieg and his librettist Bjørnson were both fascinated by a great period in Norway’s past: the Viking Age, whose sagas, and fierce conflicts between Christianity and the old Norse religion, inspired all three works recorded here.
Massenet: Ballet Music / Gallois, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Best known for operas such as Manon and Werther, Jules Massenet's less familiar stage works are also packed with superb intermezzos and ballet music, some of which gets its due on this disc.
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6; Janacek: Idyll / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
This very enjoyable, well-engineered disc should excite the interest of Dvorák fans; it came as a very pleasant surprise. Janácek’s Idyll makes an unusual but effective coupling. The performance is warm and captivating, the string playing luscious in sonority.
Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 3 / Benda, Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
Volume 3 of the complete Rossini symphonic overtures continues the pattern of placing rarities such as the lively student work, Grand’overtura ‘obbligata a contrabasso’ alongside perennial hits such as The Italian Girl in Algiers.
Sierra: Sinfonia No. 4; Fandangos; Carnaval / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
Roberto Sierra'a dramatic Sinfonía No 4 is a textbook example of how this composer breathes new life into old forms.
Roussel: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Jean-pierre Armengaud
Albert Roussel forged a unique musical identity in his music and remains one of the most intriguing and influential of French composers.
Clementi: Symphonies Nos. 3 And 4 / La Vecchia, Rome Symphony Orchestra
Classical poise, drama and eloquence of expression in both of these symphonies can be traced to the influence of Haydn and Mozart.
Paine: Symphony No 1, The Tempest / Falletta, Ulster Orchestra
New Englander John Knowles Paine was one of a group of Romantics who studied abroad and returned to establish an American symphonic tradition. Paine’s lyrical Symphony No. 1 received a tremendous reception at its première.
Saint-Saens: Violin Sonata No. 2; Suite In D Minor; The Swan / Clamagirand, Cohen
This program is delightful: The Violin Sonata No. 2 is overflowing with melody; The Suite in D minor is fascinating -- one might say French neo-classicism began here. Clamagirand's lyrical attitude and a gorgeous tone are the essence of the French school.
D'Albert: Symphony in F / Markl, MDR SO
If you’re not acquainted with d’Albert’s music, this disc, at Naxos’s budget price, is an excellent way to gain some familiarity with it. Playing and recording are both topnotch.
View the rest of our featured Naxos CDs while the entire catalog is available at 3 for $20!* (Sale ends at midnight ET 12/31/13.)

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

Eric Feidner

*Purchase 3 or more CDs from our section of eligible Naxos titles and you will be charged only $6.66 per disc. The more you buy, the more you save! (Note: Eligible two-disc sets count as two CDs and eligible three-disc sets count as three CDs toward the 3-for-$20 price. All other multi-disc sets, Super Audio CDs, MP3s, Blu-ray Discs [audio and video], and DVDs are sale-priced separately and are not part of the "3-for-$20" promotion.)