Music: Old Gold

Partly because of high labor costs and low consumer interest, the sales of classical recordings have been sagging drastically. As a result, economy-minded record companies are cleaning out their vaults and cramming their budget-priced labels with new releases of glorious old sounds:

Arturo Toscanini: Overtures (Seraphim). Between 1937 and 1939, Toscanini and the BBC Symphony Orchestra created a series of recordings that were like valentines to each other. Here are five of them: Brahms' Tragic Overture, Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 1, the Weber-Berlioz Invitation to the Dance and, for the first time on American LP, Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Rossini's La...

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