DECEMBER 1979 Vol. 57 No. 679

Publisher & Managing Editor

ANTHONY POLLARD

Ed i tor

MALCOLM WALKER

Aud io Ed i tor JOHN BORWICK

Audio Consultant

JOHN GILBERT

Advertisement Co-ordinator

DERMOT JONES

Circulation Manager STEPHEN PRESCOTT

~ubscription Manager

LILIAN SHERER

lJeputy Publisher & Advertisement Director

BARRY IRVING

CONTRIBUTORS

NICHOLAS ANDERSON

DENIS ARNOLD

MARY BERRY ALAN BLYTH WILLIAM A CHISLETT

JOAN CHISSELL MARTIN COOPER

JOHN DUARTE DAVID FALLOWS

ROGER FISKE ROBIN GOLDING EDWARD GREENFIELD

MAX HARRISON TREVOR HARVEY

ANDREW LAMB ROBERT LAYTON MALCOLM MACDONALD

WILLIAM MANN

IVAN MARCH MICHAEL OLIVER RICHARD OSBORNE STEPHEN PLAISTOW

STANLEY SADIE LIONEL SALTER

JOHN STEANE JOHN WARRACK

STANLEY WEBB ARNOLD WHITTALL

Incorporating CASSETTES & CARTRIDGES

CONTENTS950IndextoReviews 950 New Record and Cassette Releases 952 Contri butors' Notes 952 Ed i torial Notes 952 Correspondence 969 The Critics' Choice 1979 983 The Gramophone Collection-The Orchestral Music of Richard Strauss by Ivan March 989 Here and There with Wilson Lyle, Ivan March, Ro ~ ert C. Marsh,

Alan Sanders and Robin Stringer

REVIEWS10021024102710331039104010561056106110621065

Orchestral Chamber Music Instrumental .Choral and Song Gregorian Chant Opera Spoken Word Carols Nights at the Round Table Rock album reviews Cassette Commentary by John Borwick

AUDIO1066Sounds in Retrospect-a panel review 1078 New Products 1083 Accessories for Christmas

Equipment Rev iews: 1084 Teac A-300 cassette deck by John ~orwick 1089 Five moving-coil cartridges in review by John Borwick (Audio

Technica AT30E; Mayware MC-2C; Satin M-117Z; Ultimo 30A; Westrak 50 I IE) 1093 Castle Kendal II loudspeaker by John Gil bert 1094 Audio News

FRONT COVER The Critics' Choice for 1979 highlights . on page 969. some 200 recordings released during the year: in addition recent Christmas music is surveyed on page 1056 and a selection of audio accessories :: 'r Christmas are discussed on page 1083. Front cover photo by j. E. Aitken

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