Letters, Jan. 9, 1950

Top Dogs


I was sorry to find the Philadelphia Orchestra out of the money in TIME'S Boston article [Dec. 19]. "De gustibus" and all that, but the ratings had the ring of a statement of fact.

[TIME called the Boston symphony—except for Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony—"the U.S.'s finest and one of the top four in the world. The others: Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic."]

I disagree violently: the Philadelphia Orchestra sounds best to me in person, on records, and on the air.

PAUL BAKER Upper Darby, Pa.


In Philadelphia, nearly...

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