Music: In the Gracious Presence

The loudest noise in British music last week was 28-year-old Harold Fielding. He hoped to do for classical music what Henry Ford did for the automobile. And he aimed to do it with imported U.S. stars. On a trip to the U.S. early this year Fielding signed up more than $400,000 worth of musical talent for British ears.

Fielding's first importation was Conductor Andre Kostelanetz and wife Lily Pons. Critics mauled Kostelanetz's opening program of classical bromides and filigree jazz. Said the Daily Mail: "The minuet [third movement of Beethoven's First Symphony] was turned into a gallop and the finale beat all...

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