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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

German classical music entrepreneur Günter Hänssler's Profil label, with its catalog of acclaimed remasterings of historic concert recordings, carefully chosen reissues, and exceptional new studio releases, doesn't have the "profile" it deserves Stateside. While all Profil CDs are currently on sale, ArkivMusic is fortunate to have a selection of these available at 50% off list price.

Ranging from series that honor Günter Wand and the Staatskapelle Dresden to early recordings by Böhm and Wunderlich, to chamber music discs that rival the best, there is a wealth of great classical music to be had for a very modest price. Stock at these prices is limited, so don't wait to take advantage of this offer.

Here are some of our favorite CDs from Profil at 50% off:

Cherubini: Missa Solemnis / Munich Motet Choir
A most rewarding Mass. This performance has a warm joy, and the choristers sing their hearts out.

Songs to Mary - Monteverdi, Grandi, Carissimi: Motets / Robert Crowe
From beginning to end, this program is a ravishing delight. Don’t miss hearing this incredible voice. $7.99

Braunfels: String Quintet; Strauss: Metamorphosen / Geringas, Gringolts Quartet
Two fascinating works composed during World War II and well worth getting to know: one obscure from Braunfels and the other by Strauss in an unfamiliar guise. These are deeply felt and impeccably prepared performances rendered in excellent sound. $7.99

Schubert: Symphony No 8; Brahms: Symphony No 3 / Davis
An exceptionally satisfying disc, with a knockout performance of the Brahms Third. As in the Schubert, what distinguishes this reading is that it presents a gripping drama that unfolds with an uncanny sense of timing and dramatic momentum. $7.99

Mendelssohn: Elias / Volle, Rost, Lipovsek, Sawallisch
Sawallisch’s recording, with his well-chosen soloists and superb Bavarian forces, meets all the requirements needed for this marvelous oratorio. The sound quality is first class. I am delighted to have this in my collection and will play it often. $15.99 (2 CDs)

Carl Orff: Antigonae / Sawallisch, Modl, Radev, Dooley, Kuen, Uhl
This is the most desirable of the recordings of this work, a superb introduction to Orff’s too-seldom explored Greek tragedies, and a gripping dramatic experience. (2 CDs)

Schumann: Kreisleriana; Fantasie; Arabesque; Blumenstuck / Grutzmann
A marvelous Schumann album – with a Kreisleriana that is one of the absolute best – played by a woman who is temperamentally very well suited to the music. This CD is destined to see a lot of playing time in my house.

Stravinsky: The Firebird; Scherzo Fantastique / Saraste, WDR Symphony Orchestra
These two Stravinsky works are given highly impressive performances that rank with the finest accounts around. The engineers provide crystal clear and well-balanced sound that is near demonstration quality.

Dargomizhsky: Russalka / Dobraceva, Kotchinian, Jurowski
Recorded in Cologne with a cast steeped in the Russian idiom, this is a very welcome recording. Evelina Dobraceva sings the title role with rich-toned flexibility, and Vsevolod Grivnov sings the high-lying part of her Prince with great fluency. (2 CDs)

Mendelssohn: String Quartets / Vogler Quartet
The Voglers play with a taut sense of ensemble throughout, with spot-on intonation, a rich warm tone, careful attention to detail, and a magnificent sense of voicing and collegial give and take. These musicians play with a complete dedication to the music itself, capturing both the sweetness that is a given in the case of Mendelssohn as well as the seriousness that comes with any genre of "absolute" music. The sound quality is superb.

Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande, Erwartung / Charbonnet, Saraste
Erwartung's ideally cast dramatic soprano gives a mightily impressive performance reaching deep into the psyche. The orchestra create an appositely chilling atmosphere. Pelleas und Melisande's gorgeous wash of rich and colorful sound quickly shifts from one dramatic climax to the next – sometimes ecstatic, sometimes thunderous, with all sections of the orchestra given the opportunity to shine.

Mozart: Symphonies No 35 And 41 / Sawallisch, Et Al
These are robust performances led by a conductor seemingly without quirks. His Mozart is rhythmically compelling and precise. The large orchestra plays meticulously, yet with admirable energy, which still managing to convey convincingly the singing long lines as well as the underlying drama of the “Jupiter.” This recording stacks up well against most any recordings.

Bach: Lutheran Masses / Rilling
Rilling knows as much about Bach as anyone, and the Lutheran Masses are superb examples of Bach's creative process. Rilling's favorite choir, Gächinger Kantorei, are alert and attentive as always in these performances and respond smartly to his direction. $7.99 (2 CDs)

Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Sanderling
I have never before been so thoroughly engrossed and pleased with a Bruckner Fourth. One of the finest recordings ever made of this symphony. $7.99

Songs & Melodies - The Earliest Recordings / Fritz Wunderlich
For fans of the singer, this collection of German pop songs and a few art songs features Fritz Wunderlich in remarkably good-sounding radio recordings from the start of his all-too-brief career. $4.99

Pfitzner: Symphony in C Major; Strauss / Bohm
It is the rare and happy occasion that a collector finds such a treasure trove as this. Restored in magnificent and reverberant sound are four works conducted by a young Karl Böhm recorded at the height of his relationships to both Pfitzner and Strauss. We are also treated to the sounds of the great Silbermann organ of the Frauenkirche, tragically destroyed in the fire bombing of Dresden. $7.99

View our complete selection of Profil CDs at 50% off along with the rest of the Profil CD catalog while it is all on sale. (Our Profil label sale ends at midnight ET on May 18.)

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

The Arkiv Team