Music: Visiting Prodigy

Good symphony orchestras acquire personalities. The Philadelphia Orchestra, with its assertive violins and its glib winds, is the suave, subtly domineering man of the world. The New York Philharmonic-Symphony, with, its virtuosity and its rakish unpredictability, is the matinee idol in danger of growing a paunch. The Boston Symphony, with its exquisite balances and flawless inflections, is the American whose manner shows that he was raised by a French governess. The Amsterdam Concertgebouw, with its mellow strings and faintly ponderous sonority, is the sexagenarian with all his hair and a twinkle in his eye. Last week the U.S. got a chance...

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