from whence his repute as a through the land by means of his contributions to magazines . He is held in particular by disk collectors for the that this survey will chiefly append, confirming its title. Two-thirds of the book is works, and one-third to , who had a more to to his credit. The briefest of brief biographies of each of the Italian giants serve only to introduce the book's purpose: an opera-by-opera critique of each of its complete generally available to American . Strengths are to weaknesses of each album and the various performers, conductors, scoring, among them. Although he is (self-admittedly) rather in his appraisal of performances, de Schauensee is very fair and complete in his statement of views opposed in his won. The general upsurge of interest in opera, the proliferation good must ratio stations, and the steady growth-trend of little book a substantial but sharply defined market, which could casily be carried to the record-shop.