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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

ArkivMusic has 25 of our favorite CDs from Naxos on sale now at 3 for $20.* We've picked newer releases as well as overlooked classics from the catalog, from Tallis to Penderecki, to cover the full spectrum of what makes Naxos unique.

Here are just some of the titles to earn a place in our Naxos 25 this month:

Grieg: Violin Concertos / Kraggerud, Tromso CO
Listening is believing. These are superbly made arrangements. This beautifully recorded release has to be accounted one of the most successful projects of its type ever realized, and this is certainly one of the best discs of the year.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 / Petrenko
Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle already is one of the best out there, but this release really puts the seal on his achievement. This is absolutely essential, and it’s exceptionally well recorded to boot.

Stenhammar: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Sivelov
For all lovers of romantic piano concertos, this disc will bring great pleasure. This is wonderfully attractive music of consummate skill that deserves to be far better known.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Symphonic Dances / Slatkin, Detroit
Slatkin has the measure of this music, and the Detroit Symphony plays it about as beautifully as it can be done.

Tallis: Spem in Alium / Summerly, Oxford Camerata
Crystalline tone, superior enunciation, and clarity of line make this one of the most memorable performances of a mass ordinary that I have ever heard. This is a complete winner, and a spiritual experience.

Wind Band Classics - Monumental Works for Winds / Colburn, US Marine Band
A marvelous disc in every respect. This collection shows "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, established in 1798, to be a tremendously virtuosic and accomplished ensemble. Glorious, naturally impactful sonics complete the picture.

Dohnányi: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2 / Ludwig, Falletta, Royal Scottish NO
Dohnányi's solo writing is stunning in its originality and virtuosity, and violinist Michael Ludwig presents it with confidence, poise, and polish. These excellent pieces ought to be in the modern performance repertory. If you don't know them, you owe it to yourself to hear this disc.

Piazzolla: Sinfonia Buenos Aires / Guerrero, Nashville
A great disc of colorful, distinctive orchestral music that belongs in every collection. All of this music is stunning, and it's marvelously performed.

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem / Alsop, MDR Radio
In her traversal of the four symphonies, Marin Alsop showed an unusual affinity for the music of Brahms. For her latest Naxos release, Alsop brings her sensibilities to bear on Brahms's greatest choral work.

Harris: Symphonies No 5 & 6 / Alsop, Bournemouth
If you have an interest in American music of this period, you simply must get this CD. Harris's Sixth Symphony is one of the great masterpieces of American music. Alsop throws herself into the music and makes this conventional CD sound like surround-sound.

American Classics - Hanson: Orchestral Works Vol 1
This exceptional recording offers CD premieres of some excellent unknown music and imbues Hanson's work with a stature and significance that previous performances, including the composer's own, barely suggest. Played to the hilt by an enthusiastic orchestra, the music rises to the call of greatness on a resplendently recorded disc.

Bach: Guitar Transcriptions / Graham Anthony Devine
A recording that both guitar aficionados and those who rarely consider such things will thoroughly enjoy, a disc that offers pure beauty of sound and melody, expertly articulated and vividly, caringly interpreted, joining some of Bach’s most compelling music with an instrument ideally suited for its expression.

View all 25 of our favorite CDs from Naxos this month, now on sale at 3 for $20!* (Sale ends at midnight ET September 30.)

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

The Arkiv Team

*Purchase 3 or more CDs from our list 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 toward the 3-for-$20 price.)