The November lists of the H.M.V. are extensive, and we must refer briefly to some features. Many will be interested in the new Caruso record, DB 2991. This is achieved by superimposing a new and richer orchestral accompaniment on the voice-part and the result of this " re-creation " is amazingly good. The great tenor is heard in "Santa Lucia " and an air from Meyerbeer,. " 0 Paradiso."
Two symphonies are recorded; the first of Sibelius and the third of Brahms; the latter is by the Vienna Philharmonic under Bruno Walter, DB 2933-6. The third symphony is the least played of the four; a very beautiful work, however, cluminating in a fine last movement.
The Czech Philharmonic under Talich have now reached Nos. 10 and 12 of the Slavonic dances of Dvorak; C 2859. This is music that will appeal to all, lovely tunes and fascinating Folk type rhythms. There is also this month a new complete record of the " Mikado " on eleven records which can be bought singly or complete with album. This opera dates from 1885. when Gilbert and Sullivan were at the height of their powers; it is a " classic " that has long since endeared itself to our race. On these records full justice is done at last to the orchestral accompaniments; the main fault of some past recording has been the thinness of the orchestra; here we have both voice and instruments as the Savoy knew them.
C. G. M.