Music: New Records, Jan. 12, 1953

The Beethoven boom continues. Last year saw the completion of two separate sets of his nine symphonies, all 32 of his piano sonatas. Last week three more complete cycles were on the market: all 16 String Quartets, played by the Budapest Quartet for Columbia (12 LPs) and by the Pascal Quartet for Concert Hall (13 LPs), and all ten Violin Sonatas (five LPs), by Joseph Fuchs and Artur Balsam for Decca.

The sheen of perfection marks the Budapest performances: virtually every note is impeccable, and the teamwork is so good that the four instruments...

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