Columbia 7AMPA Overture, Herold. London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Beethoven, Concerto in E flat major for Pianoforte and Orchestra
(known as " Emperor "). Soloist, Denis Matthews. The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind. A capable and spirited performance of this famous work. (five records.)
one of the three best actors in England. His work has an exquisite understanding and pity for human frailty that is perhaps unique. The other players were good, Mr. Peter Copley and Mr. Harry Andrews, very
good. W. J. L In Dark Eyes (STRAND) three outof-work expatriate Russian actresses run haywire in the home of a respectable, frightfully rich American. The result is rather shrill hysteria of In Steppe for thc whole of this quite amusing burlesque, which can do little to enhance Anglo-Soviet cultural relations.
Allen Jones tops a grand variety bill at the CASINO, and even if his film and record public had not ensured him the vociferous welcome which he got, his singing and his personality would soon have won it.
An acrobat, a contortionist act and a young comedian, who is excellent in his clowning, Norman Wilson, also contribute to a programme which is as good a family entertainment as any in London.
13. P. Ii Trovatore, Act II (Verdi). Ebbe Stignani, mezzo-soprano, and the orchestra of the Opera House, Rome. On the other 'tide, excerpt from Cavalleria Rusticana. (Mascagni.)
Quartet No. 16 in F major. Op. 135 (Beethoven), Loewenguth Quartet. Three records (six sides). This was the last complete work of Beethoven's-it dates from October, 1826.
Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (Beethoven) for violin and orchestra. Soloist, Yehudi Menuhin. With the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, conducted by Furtwangler. In the past Kreisler and Heifetz have both made H.M.V. recordings of this great concerto. Well worthy to stand with them is the 'magnificent work of Menuhin in this recording, while the orchestral part, too, is a ceaseless Symphonic Poem, "Ein Heldenleben "-" A Hero's Life." (Richard Strauss.) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Bait (Five records, ten sides.) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, for piano and orchestra. (Rachmaninoff.) Artur Rubenstein and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind. There are a set of variations, side four, containing the most memorable, as it is one of this composer's greatest melodies.
Enigma Variations. Op. 36 (Elgar). The Halle Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli. (Three records, six sides.) The recording ends at Variation XIII.
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