Music: Reservations in Edinburgh

The New York Philharmonic-Symphony is used to being called one of the "great" orchestras of the world—whether it chooses to play Bach, Beethoven or Bartok. The British verdict on the Philharmonic last week, after two Edinburgh Festival performances: good, with reservations.

In particular, the British seemed to think the Philharmonic ought to leave the classics to others and stick to the 20th Century.

Veteran Conductor Bruno Walter led the orchestra the first night, drew an overflow crowd of 3,000 (300 standees). He reached back more than a century for his first two numbers:...

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