Music: New Records, Jun. 30, 1958

One of the most prolific composers in the recent history of opera was British-born (of French descent) Piano Virtuoso Eugène d'Albert. In a career otherwise occupied with six marriages, teaching and lucrative concert tours, he managed to compose 20 musical melodramas, ending with a preposterous oriental olio called Mr. Wu that he left unfinished when he died in 1932. Most of his concoctions were unqualified flops, partly because Composer d'Albert had difficulty deciding whose horn he was tooting—Puccini's or Richard Strauss's. The only currently heard remnant of his life's work is Tiefland...

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