No recording by the
remarkable Spanish soprano Victoria de los Angeles can pass without mention in these brief mum Here is a unique set of Sik 10-in. records she has made of traditional Spanish songs accompanied only by the guitar. (D.A. 1970-5.) Issay Debrowen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, who have recorded the famous arias and recitatives of Tristan and lsolde with Flagstad arid Hongen. have now also recorded the well known Vorspiel und Liehstod.
Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra give a fine new recording of Bizet's popular L'Arlesienne (D.B. 9656-7). There is wonderful precision in the strings.
Another favourite piece of light music newly recorded, and most effectively, is Jarnefeli's Bercense and Praeludium (B. 10136).
Kirsten Flagstad's recording of two Grieg songs (D.A. 1192) is spoilt by some wavering towards the end of Gotten (The Youth).
Artur Schnabel brings the touch of the master to yet another recording of the well known Schubert " Impromptu in C. Minor" (DR. 21320).
COLUMBIA. Four records (D.X.
1765-68) of the ballet Pineapple Poll, music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Charles Mackerras, conductor of the Sadlers Wells Orchestra which plays them, are now happily available.
Briggs Power, the famous American organist, records the popular Bach Prelude and Chorale, Sleepers Awake.
George Weldon and the Philharmonia give a bright and lively new version of the equally well known and loved Toy Symphony by " Papa Hadyn." Von Karajan continues his recordins with the Vienna Philharmonic and the chorus of the State Opera with extracts from the Flying Dutchman, A grand record (L.X. 1440).
B. J. P.