Music: May Records

Some phonograph records are musical events. Each month TIME notes the noteworthy.*

Opera:

Tannhäuser, recorded at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival, conducted by Karl Elmendorff (Columbia, $36)—The production to which the world's music wisest flocked last summer, faithfully given as Arturo Toscanini prepared it. More thrilling than any recent flesh & blood performance in the U. S. is the "Venus" of Contralto Ruth Jost-Arden, the ''Wolfram" of Baritone Herbert Janssen. flawlessly reproduced.

Cavalleria Rusticana, by Italian artists. La Scala chorus and the Milan Symphony under Lorenzo Molajoli (Columbia, $15)...

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