First Records Made Direct From Sound Film
Toscanini conducts the B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra in Brahms' Tragic Overture which is a companion piece to the Academic Overture but, of course, its avowed antithesis. The overture occupies three sides of DB 3349-50, and the fourth side is given to the Minuet from the first Symphony of Beethoven. A memorable recording.
Mozart's Symphony in C called the "Jupiter" is played by the Vienna Philharmonic under Bruno Walter: Album No. 307. If there be any who have never heard the Jupiter or wish for further acquaintance, here is their chance, for it is a wholly admirable set of records and the analytical Note is, as usual, most helpful.
Mozart was 32 when he wrote his last Symphony, three years before his death. There are two things that set Mozart on a pinnacle. One is his vast musical experience, despite the shortness of his days; the other is his genius that has fused the experience into an Art form as pure as man can discover.
But notice, and there are many examples in the Jupiter, that he is developing that chromaticism which was to affect the
future profoundly. At first an enlargement of the tonal system, it led finally to its breakdown. An instance is the second subject of the first movement of the Jupiter : and in the C Major string quartet Mozart is definitely ahead of his time. For here is a quite modern "dissonance."
Paderewski plays an old favourite of his, Haydn's Variations in F minor on DB 3183. It is limpid, delicate music, and the touch of the master seems as unfaltering as ever. Elizabeth Schumann sings two lieder by Reger, the Virgin's Slumber Song and 7'o Sleep. The former is a setting of an old German Christmas Carol.
If you want to revive your memories of that charming film, 100 Men and a Girl, you will find recordings of the music played by Stokowski and his orchestra in the H.M.V. lists; for instance the Hungarian Rhapsody was issued not long ago on DB 3086.
On March 11 selections from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be obtained; these are the only records made from the actual sound film by arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. BD 514-6. Each record can be bought separately for 2s. C.G.M.