Music: Critics' Choice

Manhattan's one-year-old Music Critics' Circle last week set out to pick the winners among the year's new U.S. compositions heard by its members. Between them, the 28 press critics in the Circle attend some 1,200 concerts a year, but obviously no one of them can get to all of Manhattan's overlapping musical events. So Circle members first polled one another to select a program of the most promising chamber music, another program of the best orchestral works. Then, last week, they played host to themselves at two concerts, where like winetasters they sipped...

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