The most important of the H.M.V. releases for the month is undoubtedly the lascha Heifetz recording of the Mendelseohn Concerto in E Minor for violin and orchestra (D.H.6956-6958}. • Sir
Beecham conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Heifetz's masterly interpretation and superb rendering of this well known and popular concerto. By some skill which presumably only the masters have and. I think, discernible by the speed and the virtuosity of his playing. Heifctz has made of this recording an exciting and exhilarating treasure for the gramophone collector.
The chief work released by Columbia is the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan playing the Tchaikowsky Symphony No. 6 in B Minor known as the Pathetique (LX. 1234-1239). This immensely popular, frankly emotional. work is by any standards loud, even noisy. But even with the softest playing needles obtainable the climaxes and the forte passages which delight and thrill in the con cert hall. in this recording, at least are uncomfortably loud in an average sized room.
B. I. P.