Music: New Records, Mar. 4, 1946

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner conducting; Columbia, 8 sides; Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) in F (New York City Symphony, Leopold Stokowski conducting; Victor, 10 sides). Pittsburgh's Reiner is generally content to play Beethoven the way Beethoven wrote it; Stokowski, who still feels a call to improve on the composer, lushes up the Pastoral. Orchestral performance of both: good.

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major (Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, Bruno Walter conducting; with Desi Halban, soprano; Columbia, 12 sides). The man who is the greatest interpreter of his fellow Viennese, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911),...

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