Music: Record Revival

For four and a half years Sergei Koussevitzky's Boston Symphony could make no recordings—first because it did not belong to James Caesar Petrillo's musicians' union, and then because it did. Last week, with the recording ban finally lifted (TIME, Nov. 20) and the U.S. record-buying public about to go on a shopping spree, Koussevitzky & Co. were hard at work on a brand-new version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Keeping pace, the Philadelphia Orchestra was waxing Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Beethoven's Seventh and Dvorak's New World symphonies.

About 24 hours after Victor and Columbia signed on Boss Petrillo's dotted line, they had their...

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