7 SEPTEMBER 1951, Page 12

CHAMBER MUSIC: Gieseking's recording of Debussy's pianoforte Images (Columbia) is

not the flawless pleasure that everyone expected, but there are many things—the whole of Cloches d'fravers les feuilles, for instance—that could hardly be better done. For Decca Backhaus has recorded two Beethoven sonatas—the A flat major op. 26 and the Waldstein, the former of which would be my personal choice. The Griller Quartet play Beethoven's op. 18 No. 3 with admirable style and technical accomplishment but perhaps

rather less youthful abandon than the music demands. M. C.