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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

The Alto budget series from Musical Concepts features both original recordings and licensed reissues by great artists, from Sviatoslav Richter to Andrés Segovia, Joan Sutherland to Charles Mackerras, and many more, including some incredible musicians you may not know. Now ArkivMusic has single CDs from the Alto label available at just 3 for $20!*

Here are a few of the terrific CDs you'll find at this fantastic price:

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Mackerras
A collection of the composer's three greatest tone poems, vividly brought to life by a conductor whose illustrious career brought forth many magnificent, cherished recordings.

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Vasary, Philharmonia Orchestra
The Italian Symphony has a superbly poised, vivacious first movement, a beautifully paced, persuasive Andante, a charming third movement with an enchantingly phrased trio section, and a fast but featherweight finale.

Schubert: String Quintet in C Major; Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136
A virile performance of what is arguably Schubert’s greatest chamber work. This is a clear first bargain choice, and there are few premium-priced discs which approach let alone match its intensity.

Vivaldi: 6 Concertos for Flute / Stinton
Enjoyable listening. This superb flutist displays flawless technical skill and takes a warm, sensitive approach to the slow movements.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Symphonic Dances / Kogan, Moscow State Symphony
Pavel Kogan molds genuinely compelling, authentically tangy accounts of these two masterworks, penetrating to the core of their homesick melancholy with often devastating candor.

The Two Pigeons: Royal Ballet Gems
Both of these delightful scores are played with finesse, color, and commitment, and the recording is of excellent quality.

Tudor Masters: Byrd & Gibbons / Willcocks, King's College Choir Cambridge
Striking and magnificent English Renaissance choral works, all delivered in sparkling form by the King’s College choristers.

Widor: Organ Symphony No. 5; French Organ Encores
This account of the Widor No.5 is first class in every respect, and recorded with fine bloom and clarity. Unsentimental registering marks the work's central movements, while the finale is exciting without being overblown.

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Five Early Pieces / Shostakovich String Quartet
The ensemble's powerful playing and ability to get deeply into the emotions of the quartets make for masterly interpretations. The early pieces, dating from the composer’s student days, are of much interest, as is anything that the master penned.

Elgar: Enigma Variations; Nursery Suite; Introduction & Allegro
A compelling collection of Elgar’s greatest hits, performed with characteristic excellence by the Royal Philharmonic under the batons of Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Barry Wordsworth.

Dvorak: String Sextet in A, Op 68; String Quintet in G, Op 77; Intermezzo B 49
The Sextet, one of the composer’s finest chamber works, makes an excellent pairing with the doublebass Quintet. Well recorded and played with refined expression. The brilliant, quasi-orchestral music in the two finales is attacked with force and spirit.

Rozsa: Cello Concerto; Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Cello
Expertly balanced between soloist and orchestra, the Cello Concerto's Hungarian flavor hints at what a late Bartok cello concerto might have sounded like. Warmly recommended.

Be sure to view all of our Alto single CDs available at 3 for $20* – now through midnight ET February 2.

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

The Arkiv Team

*Buy 3 or more CDs from our list of eligible Alto titles and pay just $6.66 each. The more you buy, the more you save! (Note: Multidisc sets are not part of this promotion.)