Music: Pianist with a Bible

In Brussels last week, the big (2,300 seats) Palais des Beaux-Arts was sold out three nights in a row. Belgians were flocking to hear a series of concerts by a topflight old pianist who is known to U.S. music lovers chiefly through imported records. His name: Edwin Fischer.

White-maned and sturdy, at 65, Pianist Fischer gave a program that few living pianists would either care or dare to present. On each night he performed four concertos of Bach, conducting members of the National Orchestra of Belgium and assisting soloists from his seat at the piano. Nodding his big head, or gesturing slightly...

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