New Recordings for March
So great is the development of electrical recording that the result is always now
worthy of the original. Toscanini conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York must surely himself be satisfied with the records of the Semiramide Overture by Rossini. The same applies to the Dance Macabre of Saint-Saens, a splendid essay in mockgravity where bogeys are on parade—till cock-crow; this is played by Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. (H.M.V. DB 3077). Very delightful is a new recording of Mozart's "A Little Night Music " (DB 3057-6); this ever fragrant serenade is played by the Vienna Philharmonic.
A Bach recording this month that will interest many is the Concerto in C for two pianos and orchestra; the soloists are A.
Schnabel and his son. Karl Ulrich; the orchestra is the L. S. 0. under Sir Adrian Boult. (DB 3041-3). This is not, of course, our modern idea of a PF Concerto. for in Bach's work the spot-light is trained on the soloists throughout, and the orchestra is at times superfluous; though it makes a remarkably fine entrance in the Fugue (the
fourth movement). C. G. M.