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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Captivating performances of the classical canon featuring top-notch sound and artists that range from the famous (Sir Charles Mackerras, Vernon Handley) to those deserving to be… This is what characterizes the Royal Philharmonic Masterworks series, now on sale at ArkivMusic for $5.99 each or 4 for $20!*

Here are a few top picks from the more than 100 terrific bargain CDs this label has in store:

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Mackerras, RPO
Mackerras relishes the wittiest side of Zarathustra and the serious aspect of Juan’s lovemaking and gives a rounded portrait of Till. Five stars for all these aspects, at any price.

Haydn: Symphonies 101 & 103 / Glover, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
This is one of the best Haydn symphony recordings I have ever heard. The performances are outstanding – it might even make gramophone history.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 / Mackerras, Royal Philharmonic
Little needs to be said about this version of the much-recorded Fifth except: "Magnificent!"

Mozart: Horn Concerti / Bryant, Dausgaard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Anyone who loves the sound of the horn will revel in this disc. It is simply gorgeous.

Holst: The Planets, St. Paul's Suite / Handley, RPO
Handley is a wizard with "Uranus," "Jupiter" is very jolly, and "Venus" is beautiful and serene. The vivacious St. Paul’s Suite is a bonus with its delightful Intermezzo showing exotic Indian influences.

Beethoven: Symphony No 6, Egmont Overture / Ermler, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven’s most amiable symphony is given a polished performance by the RPO, which also appends the Egmont Overture with a lively, dramatic flourish.

Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South / Menuhin, RPO
One of Menuhin's best recordings as a conductor. There is real muscle in this performance.

Bernstein: Candide Overture, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront / Davis, RPO
With film, TV, and classical credits, Carl Davis brings a perspective to Bernstein’s music that the composer would have appreciated.

Delibes: Sylvia & Coppelia Suites, Selections from Lakme & Le Roi s'Amuse / Davis, RPO
Davis seems to have a flair for dance music, especially with such vivid sound and excellent playing. If you're looking for a collection of Delibes hits, I doubt you can do any better than this.

Orff: Carmina Burana / Cooke, RPO
This belongs with the half-dozen finest performances of Orff's cantata ever recorded, and the sound is brilliant as well.

Schubert: Trout Quintet, Rosamunde Quartet / Carney, O'Hora
The "Trout" Quintet receives the spirited and refreshingly genial attentions of pianist Ronan O’Hora and the RPO ensemble.

Gorecki: Symphony No 3, Three Pieces in Old Style / Gritton, Simonov
This recording is mightily involving and all lines of the great, 28-minute first movement shine in their clarity. Yuri Simonov shapes the music intelligently. Soloist Susan Gritton lifts the performance to another plane; her eloquence truly makes it special.

See our complete list of Royal Philharmonic Masterworks CDs, on sale now at 4 for $20!* (Sale ends at midnight ET April 27.)

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

Eric Feidner

*Purchase 4 or more CDs from Royal Philharmonic Masterworks and you will be charged only $4.99 each. The more you buy, the more you save!