Music: Classical Records

The house in Beverly Hills, Calif., is gabled brick, inset with casement windows. To its door last week paraded a steady file of visitors, intent on paying their respects to the erect, shock-haired old man who lives there in semiseclusion. At 83, Berlin-born Conductor Bruno Walter had achieved one of the triumphs of a memorable career: his second complete recording of the nine Beethoven symphonies. At various times, mostly in the 1940s and '50s, Walter had made other recordings of the nine. But Columbia decided on a repeat performance with latest recording techniques,...

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