Music: January Records

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


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting; Victor: 12 sides). In the doghouse of official Soviet displeasure since 1936, when Joseph Stalin cracked down on modernistic music (TIME, Feb. 24, 1936), 33-year-old Dmitri Shostakovich climbed out again by writing this symphony in honor of the October Revolution's 20th anniversary (1937). The symphony, finest work to date by Soviet Russia's No. 1 TIME, January 8, 1940 composer, shows Joe Stalin to have been a sound music critic. In...

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