Some phonograph records are musical events. Each month TIME notes the noteworthy.
Sibelius: En Saga; In Memoriam; The Bard; Pelleas and Melisande Suite; Valse
Triste; Prelude to The Tempest (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham conducting; Victor: 14 sides). Volume VI of the definitive Sibelius Society set, magnificently performed and recorded. These miscellaneous pieces, ranging from Op. 9 to Op. 109a, are nearly all bleak, bardic, Nordic, at times sound as relevant to contemporary Finland as an air-raid alarm.
Schumann: Symphony No. I ("Spring") (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky conducting; Victor: 8 sides). Opening with a trumpet call like a daffodil, this romantic...