There seems to be no waning in the public interest in good recordings. The H.M.V. lists for April are full of remarkably good things. The Military Symphony of Haydn is recorded by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Bruno Walter.
The Prelude and Lieliestod of Wagner's Tristan make a good concert piece; though one misses the voice in the song, the orches tral arrangement is most effective. The tempo is perhaps a little slower than usual but it gives one time to relish the harmonies and the amazingly built climax of the Prelude; DB 3419-20.
Yehudi Menuhin the great violinist is with us again after his two years' retirement in California. With his sister Hepsibah at the piano and with Eisenberg as Cellist, Tchaikovskyis Trio in A minor is presented in a masterly fashion. The second movement isea set of variations on an elegiac theme in memory of the pianist Nicholas Rubinstein; the third movement is a final variation and Coda. The work runs to eleven sides DB 2887-91, complete with Album.
Backhaus renders the C major Fantasia of Schumann which was orginally intended in honour of the memory of Beethoven; but the composer changed his mind and dedicated it to Liszt.
Moisewitsch plays Debussy's "Jardins sous la pluie" which describes a garden drenched with rain and the wind ruffling the surface of the little puddles; pictorial art in music in which Debussy specialised. On the reverse side of the record C 2998 is a breathless study by Stravinsky and a short piece by Poulenc called " Perpetual Movements."
For the Easter season Ernest Lough, now a baritone, records two familiar hymns "There is a green hill " and Carey's "Jesus Christ is risen to-day." (B 8729).