Music: February Records

Some phonograph records are musical events. Each month TIME notes the noteworthy.

SYMPHONIC, ETC.

Verdi: Requiem Mass (Soprano Maria Camgha, Mezzo-Soprano Ebe Stignani, Tenor Beniamino Gigli, Basso Ezio Pinza' with the Rome Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Tullio Serafin conducting-Victor: 20 sides; $10.50). No ardent Catholic Verdi wrote this Requiem for the anniversary of the death of his friend, Italy's Poet Alessandro Manzoni. The Requiem's melting arias, its thumping drums of doom and trumps of wrath have been damned as operatic. In this recent recording of the Mass, Basso Pinza and the chorus...

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