Music: Italian Conquest

In Italy last week, the Russians were all over the place. Ballerina Galina Ulanova (TIME, June 25) had another frantic success at Milan's La Scala. Romans were astonished at the formidable power and technique of Pianist Emil Ghilels, 35. And in Florence for the first time, an audience of 2,700 heard a 42-year-old violinist, now rated the equal of Heifetz, Menuhin, Szigeti and Milstein. His name: David Oistrakh.

Oistrakh proved to his hearers that the rating was deserved. He warmed up with Mozart's Sonata in B Flat Major (K.454), concluded the first half of...

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