Music: Almost Satisfied

Since 1938, RCA Victor has three times recorded a Toscanini performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony—only 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 time."

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