Music: New Records, Feb. 10, 1947

Arie di Arie di Opere (Ferruccio Tagliavini with the Sinfonica dell' E.I.A.R., Ugo Tansini conducting; Cetra, 6 sides). The new hero of the Met's Italian fans (TIME, Jan. 20) sings arias from six operas (Mignon, Tosca, Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Manon, Elisir d'Amore). The Italian tempi are perhaps a little languid for U.S. tastes, but Tagliavini's contralto-like pianissimi are wondrously lyrical. The imported Italian discs (which cost a whopping $3.25 each) are technically as good as most U.S. recordings. Performance: excellent.

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