Music: New Records, Aug. 20, 1951

With an eye fixed hopefully on collectors, Columbia Records is pressing a series in which composers perform their own works. Stars of the first releases in Meet the Composer: Igor Stravinsky and Francis Poulenc.

Stravinsky conducts the New York Philharmonic-Symphony in Fireworks, Ode, Norwegian Moods and Circus Polka, plays piano for Violinist Joseph Szigeti in Russian Maiden's Song, leads the Woody Herman Orchestra in Ebony Concerto. With the exception of Fireworks, Composer Stravinsky is represented by inconsequential pieces, but the disk (2 sides LP) will be a valuable, though perhaps dusty, collector's item....

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