Music: Classical Records: Pick of the Pack

Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 33 and 126 (Glenn Gould, piano; Columbia, $6.98). Beethoven seized on these miniature piano pieces to perfect the art of compressing much into little. They could almost be called transistorized sonatas. Op. 126 especially finds the composer speaking with harrowing intensity and sharp intent. Gould, technically brilliant as ever, not only gets the point but conveys the intensity. The most eloquent disc performances of these works since Artur Schnabel set the standard in the 1930s.

Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 93-104 —"London Symphonies", Vol. 9 (Philharmonia Hungarica; Antal Dorati, conductor; London/Stereo...

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