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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.

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.

Scriabin: Preludes Op. 11, Mazurkas / Artur Pizarro
What freedom and rapture, what sultry declamation Pizarro finds in the dark opalescent magic of Scriabin's world! Pizarro could hardly sound more authentically Slavonic.

Baroque Bohemia & Beyond Vol 7 "Winter Season" / Spurny, Czech Chamber Philharmonic
Chamber masterpieces from the dawn of the Classical era make up the seventh installment in this series dedicated to the composers – many of whom are little-known and rarely heard – who laid the groundwork for the Classical era.

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.

Glinka: Kamarinskaya, Orchestral Dances
Almost eighty minutes of Russian-sourced dance music by Glinka, all in vivacious, colorful, and spatially well-upholstered recordings.

Schubert: Sonatas D 664, 784, Impromptus / Sviatoslav Richter
One of the finest piano recordings I have had the privilege of reviewing. Both performer and composer are united in the service of music's greatest miracle – an entire attitude to life encapsulated in sound.

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Vasary, Philharmonia Orchestra
Tamás Vásáry's debut on record as a symphonic conductor is a great success. The Italian Symphony has a superbly poised, vivacious first movement, a beautifully paced, persuasive Andante, a charming third movement with an enchantingly phrased trio section, and a fast but featherweight finale.

Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet; Lieutenant Kije; Classical Symphony / Simonov, Royal Philharmonic
There is much warmth and delicacy here.

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.)