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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:

Kabalevsky: Comedians Suite, Piano Concerto No 1 / Mnatsakanov
Quite apart from being a generously timed disc, with the exception of the suite from The Comedians, this is not exactly common fare. But it would be a shame to ignore this smoothly attractive, occasionally brash music.

Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes... / Fruhbeck de Burgos
La Mer is strong in Mediterranean atmosphere. Fêtes proceeds spectacularly, glittering in color. These unconventional readings are full of impulse and superbly recorded.

Treasures of Baroque / Faerber
It was Faerber’s Württembergers who first introduced the majority of people to such gems as Albinoni’s Adagio or Pachelbel’s Canon. There is a lot to enjoy – the Lute concerto in particular, and Telemann's exceedingly entertaining Suite.

Classics for Choir / Marlow, Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
The choir of Trinity College, Cambridge under Richard Marlow add substantially to their reputation – strong in full-bodied tone, skillful in shaping, secure in intonation, and sensitive in balance.

Rachmaninov: Preludes, Etudes Tableaux / Sviatoslav Richter
Richter's Rachmaninov compels one to reach again for all those superlatives devalued by casual overuse. The depth of thought which has gone into the interpretations makes them lodge in the memory as powerfully as they engage the ear at first hearing.

Borodin: Symphony No 2, In the Steppes of Central Asia, Prince Igor Selections / Schmidt
Ole Schmidt and the Royal Philharmonic, with ideal couplings, offer an outstanding version of the Second Symphony, beautifully played and recorded in vivid, open sound, one of the very finest at any price.

Bach: The Six Motets / Marlow, Trinity College Choir
These are serene but radiant performances of the motets which deserve an elevated place among their competitors.

Novak: In the Tatras, South Bohemian Suite, Nocturnes / Bostock
Novák is an undeservedly neglected composer, and In the Tatras is a wonderful work. If you are new to Novák, prepare to experience an engaging sense of joyous discovery.

Liszt: Via Crucis, Missa Choralis / Thorne, Jackson, BBC Northern Singers
Via Crucis is one of Liszt's most extraordinary compositions, laconic, inward, searching, and uncompromising. It and the Missa Choralis should both be more widely known. Gordon Thorne directs a beautiful, idiomatic pair of performances that include some penetrating organ playing.

Khachaturian: Violin & Piano Concertos / Gutnikov, Servadei
Khachaturian's two most famous concertos conveniently and generously coupled.

Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit... / Kathryn Stott
Atmospherically recorded and enchantingly played. Stott excels in the magical inflections of the Sonatine and Le tombeau, while ensuring that the ghoulish grotesquerie of Gaspard de la nuit is suitably dark and menacing.

Victoria: Easter Week Lamentations & Responsories / Marlow
Whereas the responsories are short and sharp, there’s an elegant breadth and languor in Victoria's music for the Lamentations, and the alternating two styles make an effective contrast. The Trinity choir succeeds in conveying the texts with superb discipline.

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.)