Music: New Records, Dec. 15, 1952

The record companies are doing their best to make it a grand-opera Christmas. With Victor, Columbia and Cetra-Soria setting the pace, the industry has released more than half a dozen full-length operas, nearly a score of recorded excerpts. Among the most important:

Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte (Eleanor Steber, Blanche Thebom, Richard Tucker, Frank Guarrera; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Fritz Stiedry; Columbia). One of the frothiest librettos in opera, in English adaptation, and clean-cut performances of some of Mozart's most winning tunes. The "official" Met version.*

Puccini: La Bohème (Rosanna Carteri, Ferruccio Tagliavini,...

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