Music: Classical Records

The Art of Aksel Schotz (Victor). Imported recordings of one of the world's most accomplished tenors, made during his golden years (1940s). Not only does the Dane's voice fall pleasantly on the ears, but his art makes every number—from Buxtehude to Mozart—sound as informal as a pop tune.

Bach for Percussion (New York Percussion Ensemble conducted by Harold Glick; Audio Fidelity). Four familiar Bach organ works rapped out on the numerous wood, skin and metal objects of a modern percussion department. The result has the effect of an X-ray photograph of a flower—barely...

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