Music: Landowska's Mozart

In the overstuffed parlor of an ungainly green-and-yellow hilltop house in Connecticut, the master of the harpsichord, stately, 77-year-old Wanda Landowska, sat down before the piano morning after morning to record her conception of Mozart. Around the frail old woman, in her gold slippers and purple kimono, hovered the engineers. For four and five hours at a stretch they recorded together, listened, recorded again. The fruits of a year's recording, released in a new RCA Victor album, constitute perhaps the most important single contribution to Mozart interpretation in his bicentennial year.

Ornamentation. For tiny (4 ft. 10 in.) Wanda Landowska, the new...

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