Science: Volcano

Towering aloft like a column of smoke and fire, Otto Klemperer "volcano of Wiesbaden," brandished the baton relinquished last week by Eugene Goosens as guest conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, and conducted the first of 26 concerts scheduled for his first visit to the U.S.

Klemperer's reputation is as striking as his stature (nearly 7 ft.) and appearance. Artur Bodanzky, conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Co., who knew him as a young man, declares, "He has never been known to approach a musical composition from a conventional...

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