Music: New Records, Jun. 1, 1953

Bartok: Contrasts (Robert Mann, violin; Stanley Drucker, clarinet; Leonid Hambro, piano; Bartok). Three short Bartok movements—a fantastic little march, a bluesy interlude and a dazzling dance finale—provide an easy and agreeable introduction to the work of the modern Hungarian master. Performance: excellent.

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte (Aksel Schiötz, tenor; Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano; Columbia). Danish Tenor Schiötz sings with incredible ease and warmth, gives Beethoven's famed song cycle its full, expressive measure.

Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher (Vera Zorina as Jeanne: Philadelphia Orchestra, soloists and choirs conducted by Eugene Ormandy; Columbia. 2 LPs). The burning of St. Joan, told...

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