Music: New Records, Apr. 24, 1950

Verdi: Falstaff (Giuseppe Taddei, baritone; Saturno Meletti, baritone; Emilio Renzi, tenor; Gino Del Signore, tenor; Giuseppe Nessi, tenor; Cristiano Dalla Mangas, bass; Rosanna Carteri, soprano; Lina Pagliughi, soprano; Anna Maria Canali, mezzo-soprano; Amalia Pini, mezzo-soprano; orchestra and chorus of Radio Italiana, Mario Rossi conducting; Cetra-Soria, 6 sides LP). This is a slightly different Falstaff from the one NBC listeners have just heard from Arturo Toscanini (TIME, April 10). Orchestrally, it lacks the carefulness and cleanness of Toscanini's performance, and Conductor Rossi allows his singers, all excellent, more swagger and sway. But...