Music: Pick of the Pack

Heinrich: The Dawning of Music in Kentucky (the American Music Group, Neely Bruce, director and piano soloist; Vanguard, $5.98). In his own time (1781-1861), Anthony Philip Heinrich was considered by his supporters "the Beethoven of America." More recently, Lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky has taken a less adoring stance: "The quality of his works easily accounts for the speedy and complete oblivion of even his name." This first LP of his music suggests that the real Heinrich lies somewhere between Beethoven and oblivion. He was a Bohemian immigrant who, among other things, wrote some grandiose orchestral works and helped found the New York...

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