Music: April Records

Arthur Footer Suite for Strings, Op. 63 (Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting; Victor; 4 sides). A fresh, well-built Brahmsian piece. Salem-born, Harvard-trained Composer Foote (1853-1937) was a far sounder craftsman than most present-day U.S. composers. Performance excellent, recording good.

Brahms: Song of Destiny (New York Philharmonic-Symphony, Bruno Walter conducting, with the Westminster Choir; Columbia; 4 sides). Brahmsians have always rated the Schicksalslied, based on Hölderlin's Hyperion's Song of Destiny, among Brahms's most stirring scores. Performance good, recording fair.

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (New York Philharmonic-Symphony, Igor Stravinsky conducting; Columbia; 8...

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