Music: December Records

William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

(Huddersfield Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by the composer; Victor; 10 sides). Composer Walton's barbaric, explosive Old-Testament oratorio (words arranged by Osbert Sitwell) is probably the most important British score in a generation. Performance and recording: excellent.

Dvorak: In Nature's Realm, Op. 91 (Chicago Symphony, Frederick Stock conducting; Victor; 4 sides). A charming bit of nostalgic Czech musical landscape painting. Performance and recording: good.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (London Philharmonic, Antal Dorati conducting; Columbia; 8 sides). Not the Swan Lake score familiar to U.S. ballet audiences, but a somewhat different selection of items from Tchaikovsky's original ballet which once enthralled St....

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