Music: Composer-Conductor-Fiddler

Most symphonic conductors limit their public activity to conducting. It has been hinted that some are not good enough musicians to do anything else. A few, like the late Ossip Gabrilowitsch and the contemporary Jose Iturbi, have been even more famed as instrumental soloists than as orchestral maestros. Still fewer can, like Germany's Richard Strauss, combine the abilities of a brilliant conductor with those of an eminent composer. Burly, slope-shouldered Rumanian Georges Enesco, who replaced John Barbirolli last week as guest conductor of New York's Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, is probably the only famous musical...

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