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WAGNER, MOZART:

)mmunism s Fall
the United States

New Recordings Show Success

Continued from Page Two
there was no strong leader and
there was no outpouring of pub-
&c support: In fact, the Red hat-
ers only drove the solid Party
members underground and made
them more resolute in purpose.
Excellent portraits of significant-
individuals within the movement
make this a more moving and
stimulating story.
On the other hand, this book
will prove embarrassing to those
who were more concerned withi
destroying a phantom Communist
Party threat than they were in
preserving their own civil liber-
ties. It is ironical that the lib-
eral who was dubbed the "pink"
did more than anyone to destroy
the Party. He first removed him-
self from the party or party front
organizations and then helped es-
'ablish anti-Communist radical or
liberal groups like the Americans;
for Democratic Action. Another
instance, is the unswerving ef-
fort of Walter Reuther to drive
all Communists and Communist
controlled unions out of the CIO.
SEVERAL notable insights into
the times and the personali-
ties highlight the book: the sur-
vey of the Progressive Party and
the candidacy of Henry Wallace
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In 1948. the various internal party
splits, the similarity of methods
employed by the Communists to
protect themselves from identi-
fication, and why people stayed
in the party to the bitter end.
Shannon completed an exhaus-
tive research job for the volume.
He surveyed all of the available
Communist literature including
the Daily Worker, and the many
special publications and pamph-
lets released for propaganda pur-
poses. His use of the personal in-
terview with both present mem-
bers and ex-members is effective
evidence.
QOME NEGATIVE comment can
be made. His style of writing
is too academic and his unwill-
ingness to speculate and use his
imagination in analysis makes it
sometimes dull reading. The story
is also written too soon after the
events causing Shannon to stay a
bit too close to his evidence. He
is perhaps too critical of the early
T r u m a n administration and
should probably have been more
critical of the liberals who were
not able to head off the McCar-
thy fiasco.
But this book will be the be-
ginning point for many future
studies. Many questions are not
answered here and need careful
analysis. How did the McCarthy
method capture the public favor?
Did the liberal fail to fulfill his
role in society by preventing the
rise of McCarthyism? What did
Moscow really think of the Party
and how much did it depend on
the movement? Although these
suggestions may not evolve di-
rectly from the Shannon book,
they are vital questions and will
begin where this study ends.

By Thomas Kabaker
Mozart: Don Giovanni; Donna
Anna,, Joan Sutherland, so-
prano; Donna Elvira, Elisabeth
Schwarzkopf, soprano; Zerlina,
Graziella Sciutti, soprano; Don
Ottavio, Luigi Alva, tenor; Don
Giovanni, Eberhard Wachter,
baritone; Leporello, Giuseppe
Taddei, baritone; Commenda-
tore, Gottlob Frick, bass; Phil-
harmonia Orchestra and Chorus
conducted by Carlo Maria Giu-
lini. Angel (S) 3605 D/L: four
records.
In some ways this recording is
the best Don Giovanni on records.
Joan Sutherland is quickly estab-
lishing herself as the finest so-
prano around, and the perform-
ance she gives here shows why. She
possess a beautiful voice and sings
her role better than one could
imagine it possible.
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf has long
been noted as a singer of Mozart.
As Donna Elvira she meets the
difficulties of the opera in fine
form.
Luigi Alva's Ottavlo ranks next
to Miss Sutherland's as the best
performance in this recording. His
singing is exact, well conceived and
always beautiful.
Mr. Wachter's Don, though ac-
ceptable, falls short of the stand-
ard set by the preceding singers.
His singing is sometimes rough
and not in a style generally fav-
ored in this country.
This recording's Leporello is not
too good. Mr. Taddei substitutes
pinched sounds and aural mugging
Thomas Kabaker is a sen-
ior in the literary college and
is majoring in English. He is
magazine editor of The Daily.

for interpretation. His singing isI
also somewhat coarse at times.-
Wagner: Rienui Overture, The
Flying Dutchman Overture,
Overture, Prelude to Acts I and
III of Lohengrin, Overture and
Dance of the Apprentices
from Die Meistersinger, Prelude
and Liebestod from Tristan and
Isalde, and Siegfried's Funeral
March from Gotterdammerung.
Otto Klemperer conducting the
Philharmonia Orchestra
Mr. Klemperer, long and justly
famous for his interpretations of
the German masters, celebrates his
75th birthday with this two rec-
ord album of Wagner. Seeing as it
is his birthday, it is a little sur-
prising that we are the ones who
should receive the gift. To put it
plainly. the performances are su-
perb.

The concept of these works is
in the broad, Germanic style, with
slower tempi and a generally
grander outlook than one would
find in Toscanini, Bernstein or any
of a number of popular conductors.
The album is a very good sampl-
ing of the Wagner concert reper-
toire, and is recommended with-
out reservation.
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