Music: New Records, Jan. 7, 1946

Rossini: Overtures (NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini conducting; Victor, 8 sides). Italy's great kettledrum-banging composer is heard with appropriate thunder on unbreakable plastic records, which catch the crescendos without the mushiness of ordinary records. Best is Toscanini's job on La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie). Also in Victor's second plastic album are the overtures to The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and Il Signor Bruschino. Performance : excellent.

Mozart: Quintet in C Major (Budapest String Quartet with Milton Katims, viola; Columbia, 8 sides). One of Mozart's most beguiling scores played in the grand manner by men who know their Mozart....

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