Music: May Records

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...

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