Music: New Records, Sep. 14, 1959

"If all the music between 1685 and 1759 were annihilated except the work of Bach and Handel, the ordinary music lover would miss nothing." So wrote Edinburgh University's famed Musicologist Sir Donald Francis Tovey before World War II. and at the time many a music lover would have agreed. The baroque music of the late 17th and early 18th centuries appealed only to a few long-hair devotees, and it was the rare chamber music group that included works of Italian baroque composers.

Today Sir Donald would have to take another reading. Baroque is a...

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