I was sorry to find the Philadelphia Orchestra out of the money in TIME'S Boston article [Dec. 19]. "De gustibus" and all that, but the ratings had the ring of a statement of fact.
[TIME called the Boston symphonyexcept for Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony"the U.S.'s finest and one of the top four in the world. The others: Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic."]
I disagree violently: the Philadelphia Orchestra sounds best to me in person, on records, and on the air.
PAUL BAKER Upper Darby, Pa.
In Philadelphia, nearly...