Since 1938, RCA Victor has three times recorded a Toscanini performance
of Beethoven's Ninth Symphonyonly to have Perfectionist Toscanini
refuse to let any of them be released. Last week, at 85, the Maestro
told Victor to go ahead and release recording No. 4 next fall. "This,"
he said, "is the closest I can get . . . I am almost satisfied this
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