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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:

Nielsen: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Schmidt, London SO
These analog sessions are quite simply magnificent. If you are interested in these symphonies, there is no real reason for you to go looking elsewhere.

Dvořák Played On Dvořák's Own Bösendorfer Piano / Radoslav Kvapil
Kvapil has an exemplary approach to Dvorák: his imagination always alert, his gestures always spontaneous. He establishes a benchmark with this collection.

Haydn, Torelli, Telemann, Humphries: Trumpet Concertos / Steele-Perkins
This disc is a real joy. It proves the power and the value of music and the fundamental goodness of the human spirit.

De Lalande: Choral Music for Versailles / Skidmore
A lively, energetic, and utterly enjoyable CD. Lalande represents the apogee of French Baroque sacred choral work, and this disc contains a good selection of his work.

Brahms, Mozart: Clarinet Quintets / Campbell, Bingham Quartet
There are many good couplings of these two works. This one can take its place among the best of them, especially at this budget price.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 4 / Barshai, WDR
I give the palm to Barshai, who seems to have the best of both worlds: world-class playing and rich deep sound, along with all the power one expects from this work.

John Dowland & Friends: Lute Songs
There is much to admire, enjoy, and love on this disc. The Consort are in great form. At budget price this is worth every penny.

Grieg & Sibelius Favorites / Mackerras
Sir Charles Mackerras leads the Royal Philharmonic in a collection of Nordic favorites.

Bassoon Concerto Classics / Zukerman, Faerber
An excellent release. Bassoonist George Zukerman's agile command of this difficult instrument is apparent at his first entry in the Mozart concerto. His technique dazzles, and his wonderfully sweet and lyrical tone is a perfect match for the cantabile style of the slow movements.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4, Serenade for Strings / Rozhdestvensky
This Fourth is kinetically magnificent, and the Serenade for Strings glows, hums, and cheers with no holds barred. These are vivid recordings from a gloriously purple tradition.

Arie Antiche / Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley
Famed English soprano and Early Music authority Emma Kirkby delivers a commanding performance of arias from late-Renaissance and Baroque Italy and Britain, accompanied on lute by Anthony Rooley. An extremely rare recording available only briefly in the early 1990s.

Rachmaninov: Music for Cello & Piano / Tarasova
The nobility of the Sonata suits both players and each lays bare Rachmaninov’s inherent emotionality.

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.

Eric Feidner

*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.)