Music: Those Lovable Russians

In one field, at least, the Russians were still ace-high with Americans last week. Billboard magazine reported that their classical composers led the U.S. hit parade in 1947. And the most popular of them all was Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Victor listed his Nutcracker Suite, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Violin Concerto among its top best-selling classical albums of the year, and Nutcracker was one of Columbia's big sellers, too.

Another Russian had the best-selling single classical album. Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 sold well in two versions: one recorded by Rachmaninoff...

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