Music: New Records, Dec. 26, 1949

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (the San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux conducting; Victor, 8 sides, 45 r.p.m.). This happy early work is the least heard of the nine symphonies; the nicely adjusted performance of the San Francisco, under happy Pierre Monteux, will make listeners wonder why. Recording: excellent.

Beethoven: Sonata No. 2: (Claudio Arrau, pianist; Columbia, 2 sides, LP). One of Beethoven's better middle-period sonatas (the "Waldstein"), played with great energy, eloquence and understanding. Recording: good.

Brahms: Sonata No. 3 (Julius Katchen, pianist; London FFRR, 2 sides, LP). Composed when Brahms was only 20, this is the romantic best of his three piano sonatas....

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