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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 5. 1967.

Bruckner symphony beautifully flowing Records by D.J.H

Bruckner symphony beautifully flowing Records by D.J.H.

Decca are treating us well with new recordings of the Bruckner symphonies. Last year there was the Mehta/Vienna Philharmonic version of the Ninth (SXLM 6202) and now there is a recording of the Fourth, The Romantic, with Istvan Kertesz conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (SXLM 6227 Stereo).

Kertesz never allows the symphony to lag —a beautiful flowing account allowing the majestic character of the work to shine forth radiantly. What I thought particularly good was his reading of the Scherzo (3rd movement)—fast, an excellent jogging rhythm, with brilliant fanfares.

The London Symphony's performance is extremely good, a warm string tone with excellent work from the brass and woodwind sections, most essential for this work. A very good recording. Highy recommended.

On Decca's Ace of Diamonds label (29/6) is Operetta Evergreens, with Hilde Gueden and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducted by Robert Stolz (SDD 132 Stereo). A pleasant collection of excerpts from White Horse Inn. Der Zarewitsch, Madame Pompadour, Casanova (the inevitable Nun's chorus), Die Fledermaus, The Chocolate Soldier, Wiener Blut and others. I found the Strauss arias the most interesting—all are performed delightfully by Mme. Gueden, the orchestral work is also very good—however, many of them are rather hackneyed and do not stand up well to constant listening. A worthwhile buy, as long as you don't intend playing the disc too often.

In my opinion, the best new group of 1966 was the Alan Price Set. Formed after Price left the Animals, their recordings of I Put A Spell On You, Hi Lili Hi Lo and Willow Weep For Me have proved very popular in England, but met with only limited success in New Zealand. (It is hardly surprising when one considers what happens when the Animals play in Wellington—I am sure they will be the last of the real "blues" pop groups to bother touring New Zealand). The lineup of the set is complex—organ and vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, trumpet, tenor sax and baritone sax.

Their first 1p, The Price To Play (Decca LKM 4839 Mono) is very good—it allows Alan to demonstrate how much more sophisticated his music has become. His organ playing is superior to anything I have heard in pop groups—just listen to the sympathetic accompaniment in Mercy, Mercy. The beautiful blues number Going Down Slow shows how much his voice has improved since the early Animal days. The only tracks that are not successful are the two ballads, his reasons for continuing to record Goffin King tunes are beyond me.

"Time" once described "The Jefferson Airplane" as a group that "... likes to blur and disconnect its musical phrases, creating the aural equivalent of double vision." They do not show any features as complex as this on their first album to be released in New Zealand—The Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (RCA LPM 3584). After hearing so much about the San Francisco psychedelic folk-rock sound I was rather disappointed with this, the first lp representing it to be released here. The group relies heavily on the rock aspect. Admittedly their harmonies are good and they do produce a big sound (a four-guitar line-up). Maybe it is that I'm not switched on to "instant trips," it certainly does not create any aural equivalent of a double vision in me, whatever that is.