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September 01, 1987|HERBERT GLASS | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"The Israel Philharmonic With Zubin Mehta: Going on Fifty." Kultur. $39.95. The orchestra, whose 50th birthday is ostensibly being celebrated here, unsuccessfully competes with the garrulous conductor for the film director's attention. But there are two engrossing segments: a harrowing clip of an in-concert demonstration against a Wagner performance by Mehta and the orchestra, and the aged Artur Rubinstein's lovably stumbling bit of wish fulfillment as he conducts the IPO in some Brahms. Also: poorly reproduced musical snippets and a narrator who mangles even the most familiar names, including those of Toscanini and, yes, Mehta. Information (201) 229-2343. **

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