Music: Purist

When Pianist Artur Schnabel announced that this year in Manhattan he would play the 32 Beethoven sonatas, skeptics shook their heads, wondered how even Schnabel would dare to challenge a public with a dose so tremendous. The cycle at Carnegie Hall would require seven stiff programs, one a week for seven weeks. Pianist Schnabel is not a glamorous figure, but a stubby, square-headed little Austrian who stalks woodenly on stage, seats himself leisurely at his piano, waits for quiet, proceeds to play as if he had no audience. When Schnabel decides on a...

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