The .Hammer-klavier sonata of Beethoven, Op. 106, has been recorded by Wilhelm Kempff (Decca-Polydor, CA 8254-8). The sonata dates from the year 1817, about ten years before the death of the great composer, and reflects what is called his third style in all its grandeur. This is a notable piece of recording, and the pianist makes each movement live with vital interest; nor does it flag despite its great length. Since opportunities of hearing the later pieces of Beethoven are still none too frequent, these records will be a sound investment for anyone desirous of a close study of the work. The fuga of the last movement is treated in masterly style.
As a contrast to the above we have a charming light overture in the Opera Ball of Heuberger; DE 7065. This is played by the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, and reveals the style of a present-day German light opera.