Music: New Records, Dec. 6, 1954

Record companies are flooding the counters with albums gaudy and sedate, their eyes set on an expected alltime high of $225 million in record sales in 1954. Among the most interesting packages:

Beethoven: Fidelio (Rose Bampton, Jan Peerce, Herbert Janssen; NBC Symphony conducted by Arturo Toscanini; Victor, 2 LPs). Beethoven's only opera, which he reworked, shaped and worried over until it was as lean and passionate as he could make it. Its story—of a devoted wife who rescues her husband from a vengeful tyrant—is projected with all the heat of Toscanini's conviction. It was recorded in 1944 from the earliest of the...

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