Music: New Records, Oct. 27, 1952

Three record companies—Victor, London and Westminster—went to market on the same sustained D minor last week: Beethoven's hour-long Ninth Symphony.

For those who like crisp, musical perfection, Victor's Toscanini version is the last word. The NBC Symphony gives the music all the urgency it can bear, a sweeping flow and contrasting moments of intimacy hard to match. But the choral finale—one of the music's worst bugaboos —seems imperfectly recorded: the Robert Shaw Chorale clears the vocal hurdles all right, but the part singing is sometimes cloudy.

The most satisfying finale on records is in...

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