Music: Return of Hubermann

The last time Bronislaw Hubermann appeared in Manhattan's Carnegie Hall, someone stole his Stradivarius. It was never recovered. Finally Lloyd's of London, who had insured the fiddle, bought Hubermann another Stradivarius. With his Lloyded fiddle he appeared again last week at Carnegie Hall. Nobody stole anything.

Violinist Hubermann, 59-year-old Polish Jew, has often been rated one of Europe's greatest, but in the U.S. and London he has never been such big box office as mellow Fritz Kreisler, brilliant Jascha Heifetz, musicianly Joseph Szigeti. Hubermann is finicky, fussy on the platform. Once he noticed that his audience included a dog, on a woman's...

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