Music: Ravel Race

The start was even. Conductor Serge Koussevitzky came out on Boston's Symphony Hall stage last week at precisely the same moment that Leopold Stokowski appeared on the Philadelphia Academy of Music stage. Koussevitzky's entrance was dignified, unflurried. Stokowski fairly flew from the wings. But then Stokowski had a longer first lap. He had the gloomy Fourth Symphony of Finnish Jan Sibelius to get through with, whereas Koussevitzky had only a trifling piece by Corsican Henri Martelli. Stokowski's pace was brisk but with odds so against him it was not surprising that Koussevitzky...

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