Among the flood of classical LP records that made the year more musical, there were many standouts. The following choice of 1954's best is made on the basis of unusual interest in music or performance: Berg: Violin Concerto (Louis Krasner; Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Artur Rodzinsky; Columbia). The first recording of a major 20th century work. Dubbed from old 78-r.p.m. disks, but a devoted performance.
Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust
(Boston Symphony, chorus and soloists conducted by Charles Munch; Victor, 3 LPs). The smoldering romantic score, excitingly fanned by Berlioz Specialist Munch.
Brahms: Orchestral Music (New York Philharmonic-Symphony conducted by Bruno Walter; Columbia, 4...