Music: Purged Philharmonic

The new boss of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony last week made a good start at his new job. This was a great relief to all concerned with the oldest U.S. orchestra. Arturo Toscanini's resignation, in 1936, had left the Philharmonic as limp as a discarded ventriloquist's dummy. His successors, British-born John Barbirolli and a string of guest conductors, had failed really to strike up the band. But when 49-year-old, grey-thatched Artur Rodzinski left the podium last week, the audience had heard some pretty musicianly music and even the skeptics were hopeful.

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