Music: New Records, Nov. 29, 1948

Shakespeare: Hamlet (spoken excerpts by Sir Laurence Olivier, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Muir Mathieson conducting; Victor, 6 sides). In addition to Laurence Olivier's fine soliloquizing, music lovers can hear on this album how good movie music can be. English Composer William Walton did a lot in Olivier's Henry V to lift the standards of film scores; in Hamlet he raises a craft to an art. The score never intrudes, but accompanies the spoken word like an orchestra accompanying the piano or violin in a concerto. Recording: good.

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 (the Paganini...

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