Music: Refreshed & Refueled

Twenty months ago, sadfaced, crew-cropped Violinist Jascha Heifetz cast up his accounts. At 46, he had logged nearly 100,000 hours on his fiddle ("the equivalent of practically ten years of playing 24 hours a day") and traveled almost 2,000,000 miles. He was, he decided, long overdue for an overhaul. At the end of his season, he called off all concert fiddling, except a few radio broadcasts, "to give both myself and the public a break."

Last week, for the first time in two seasons, a refreshed and refueled Jascha Heifetz came back to Carnegie Hall. He had warned that he was...

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