Music: New Records, Jul. 3, 1950

On the records it was Beethoven's month. Some of the best:

Sonata No. 4, Op. 102 No. 1 (Artur Schnabel, pianist; Pierre Fournier, cellist; Victor, 4 sides 45 r.p.m.). This sober and somber sonata anticipates—but ranks with—the last great quartets. Schnabel's playing, as always, has wisdom and warmth; French Cellist Fournier can not quite match the playing of Pablo Casals in an earlier record. Performance and recording: excellent.

Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 (Claudio Arrau, pianist, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting; Columbia, 2 sides LP). Chilean Pianist Arrau brings dramatic power and...

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