Music: December Records

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

SYMPHONIC, ETC.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Act 3 (Saxon State Orchestra, Dresden State Opera chorus, Karl Bohm conducting, with Hans Hermann Nissen, Torsten Ralf, Margarete Teschemacher and other singers; Victor: 2 volumes, 30 sides). Superb singing, perfect teamwork, and the latest touches in crystal-clear recording, make this complete and bulky last act of Wagner's great comic opera the record of the year.

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting; Victor: 10 sides). Up-to-date recording technique makes Composer Strauss's autobiographical "Life...

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