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THERE ARE virtually no pianists left today to maintain the age- old tradition of the composer- performer, the tradition that produced Mozart, Beethoven, Paderewski and Rachmaninov. But it has survived rather better among organists, and William Albright was one of its brightest representatives.

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Britain's loss has been America's gain in the case of Raymond Leppard. After his pioneering work with the English Chamber Orchestra, Leppard left a decade ago to take charge of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
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