Music: Staccato

In the spring, the music world behaves irregularly. Grand operas and orchestras pack up and travel. Divas obey their pocketbooks or their temperaments. Experimenters trump their partners' aces. Hinterland critics cry bravo. Last week's news:

¶ Like the delicately poised structure of a mighty cathedral is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Fittingly, his B Minor Mass was sung and played in magnificent St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, Manhattan, by the Bach Cantata Club of New York. But the effect was diminished because the acoustics of churches in general, and of St. Thomas's in particular, are appalling.

¶ In Berlin, Erich Kleiber, chief conductor...