Page 10, 16th June 1939

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OVER. six hundred of Mozart's cornpositions were catalogued by Michel, and as an Opera or Mass counted only as one opus, this feat of sustained invention seems overwhelming. Among these works are the three symphonies written in 1788, three years before his death at the age of 35, and this month we welcome the reading of Toscanini of No. 40 in G minor. The orchestra employed was created by the National Broadcasting Company of New York, really as a tribute to this great conductor. DI3 3790-92.

IN the days of Rossini every opera had to contain music for a ballet, and William Tell was thus provided. These cheerful numbers are played by the Sadler's Wells orchestra with a delightful grace and verve.

TASTES may vary as to the pianoforte compositions of Schubert, but one at least of his Moments musicaux, the third in F minor, has been played by every conceivable instrument or arrangement of instruments. This month, however, we have Paderewski recording the one in A flat from Opus 94, and the piano solo is refreshingly naive and unpretentious in these days of a rather overtaxed ingenuity.

LirOW can one describe the characterL istic tone that Menuhin produces? It has a certain fullness and suavity that is sui generis. This month he is heard in the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 11 and in one of the Spanish dances of Granados; while Moiseiwitsch continues his labour of love with the Ballades of Chopin and gives us No. 1 in G minor; a four-shilling record of surpassing merit. C 3101.

THERE is another recording of Strauss' Don Juan, that blend of heroism and morbidity that is so faithfully portrayed in the Tone-Poem. In this recording the Dresden State orchestra is conducted by Karl Bohm. Debussy is represented by Nuages, Fetes, and Sts'nes, each full of tonal

suggestion, and the last of these including a women's chorus; Piero Coppola conducts the Paris Conservatoire orchestra in these three records.

AMONG the vocalists who have made separate records for June we welcome Elisabeth Schumann in two German Songs; Marian Anderson in some Negro Spirituals; and lastly, Ernest Lough, whose angelic treble has now become a mellow baritone. He is One of the lucky ones, for so often the boy-vocalist is heard no more when his voice breaks. But Lough does admirably in two songs by Eiger and Maude Valerie White. B 8914.


THE Boyd Neel String Orchestra

presents the first recording of the Adagio for Strings by the Belgian composer, Lekeu, who died at the age of 24. He was a pupil of Cesar Franck, and had he lived, many think he would have matured into an outstanding musician.

Decca have made the first recording of the D minor Bach Piano Concerto as edited by Busoni. It is played by Borowski in association with the String Section of the Lamoureux Orchestra. LY 6150/1.

We have received, also, the first recording of the Piano Quartet of William Walton, written when he was only 16. This was published by the Carnegie Trust after the War.

A complete set of the Hungarian Rhapsodies of Liszt has now been produced; Borowski is the soloist, and they are all splendid records giving us much that is familiar with much that is by no means so frequently found in concert programmes.

The Berlin Philharmonic under Leopold Ludwig play the Tannhauser Overture and on the fourth side the March, with an air of final authority. On hearing these records, one can only ejaculate: "So that is that!" Not that familiarity has bred contempt: it throbs with all the vitality of Wagner.

C. G. M.

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