Music: New Records, Jun. 30, 1952

Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos takes a special pride in performing new music—and old music that is still new to the U.S. Last fall he gave the U.S. its first performance of Atonalist Arnold Schoenberg's 1909 "monodrama," Erwartung (Expectation), and his Manhattan audience seemed to find it considerably less noisy and strident than expected. Columbia Records stepped in quickly, got Mitropoulos, his New York Philharmonic-Symphony and Soprano Dorothy Dow to record it. Erwartung's one-act story is somber, not to say macabre: a woman sings her innermost thoughts as she goes to a woodland tryst, stumbles...

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