Music: The Magnetic Pole

When 67-year-old Artur Rubinstein swept his coattails back and sat elegantly down at his Steinway one night last week, many in the crowd in Manhattan's Carnegie Hall felt they were about to listen to the best living pianist. All of them knew that they were to witness a notable musical event: the last of the great romantic performers in the spectacular tradition of Liszt and Anton Rubinstein* had set himself a schedule of no less than 17 major works in a series of five concerts in 13 days—all the concertos of Beethoven and Brahms,...

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