Music: New Records, Aug. 2, 1948

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto (David Oistrakh, violinist, with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Gauk conducting; Mercury, 10 sides). An excellent recording of an energetic but empty piece, notable because it gives U.S. music lovers a first chance to hear one of the world's greatest living violinists. David Oistrakh, now 40, won an international competition for violinists in Brussels in 1937 (among the judges: Joseph Szigeti), has rarely been far out of Russia since.

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (the London,Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet conducting; English Decca, 6 sides). In his first successful...

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