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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

The London Symphony Orchestra, at the forefront of modern orchestras in creating their own label, has just released its 100th title – fittingly, a tribute to Sir Colin Davis. Many more of the world's greatest conductors grace their catalog, including principal conductor Valery Gergiev, who serves double duty as artistic director of St. Petersburg's renascent Mariinsky Theater.

The labels of these two great organizations, LSO Live and Mariinsky, are now on sale at ArkivMusic. Here are a few of our top picks from each:

Bruckner: Symphony No 9 / Haitink
Bernard Haitink, as ever, maintains a magisterial grasp on the architectural span of Bruckner’s final “cathedral in sound.” In his 85th year, he is the doyen of the world’s great Brucknerians. His latest interpretation of the Ninth is not to be missed. $13.99

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Matsuev
Are there other recordings in which the intricacies of the Piano Concerto No. 2 are so thoroughly nailed to the wall? Not many, and the sheer power in the first concerto has been matched only by the greats of the past. A Tchaikovsky concertos recording to shake the walls. $14.99

Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Gergiev
Gergiev accomplishes a coup, declaring himself a major new Brahms interpreter to be contended with. This is an exceptionally intelligent and magnificently executed First. Gergiev’s interpretation of the Second, and the Londoners’ playing of it, is breathtakingly gorgeous. Watch the video clip! $13.99 (2 CDs)

Sir Colin Davis - Anthology
Toward the end of his life, Sir Colin Davis was making some of the best recordings of his career on LSO Live. This celebratory box, the label's 100th release, offers a fine collection of these late recordings. $72.99 (13 CDs)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3, Symphony No 5 / Matsuev, Gergiev
These two performances, concerto and symphony, are emphatically worth hearing, both being thrilling accounts of magnificent works from Prokofiev’s maturity. $14.99

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon Musagete / Gardiner
For his first release on LSO Live, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the LSO in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Apollon musagète. Also featured are the Gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir and soloists Jennifer Johnston and Stuart Skelton, plus French actress Fanny Ardant as the narrator. $13.99

Faure: Requiem; Bach / Short, Tenebrae
There's little hesitation in labeling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc. A devastatingly beautiful performance. $13.99

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 / Gergiev, Mariinsky
If you haven’t heard this Symphony in some time, Gergiev might remind you how great a piece of music it truly is. $13.99

Weber: Der Freischutz / Brewer, Matthews, Davis
One of the marvels of Sir Colin Davis's old age was the vitality he continued to bring to his music-making, combined with the wisdom of experience. Both are in evidence here, reinforcing Der Freischütz's reputation as one of the most tuneful and psychologically profound operas in the repertoire. $17.99 (2 CDs)

Turnage: Speranza, From the Wreckage / Harding
This world-premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Speranza (Hope) is conducted by Daniel Harding in his debut recording for LSO Live. Watch the video clip! $13.99

Nielsen: Symphonies 2 & 3 / Davis
Davis brings a fiery élan to “The Four Temperaments." The Danish composer’s unique, vibrant harmonies blaze forth gloriously. $13.99

Be sure to view all of our featured titles from LSO Live and Mariinsky, or view the entire LSO Live catalog and everything from Mariinsky while they are on sale now. (Sale ends at midnight ET April 30.)

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

The Arkiv Team