Music: Wait Till You Hear Kogan

When the Boston Symphony toured Russia two years ago, the members of the string section heaped praise on Russian Violinist David Oistrakh, who had played with the orchestra during his U.S. tour. Russian musicians countered with a standard response: wait until you hear Leonid Kogan. In Manhattan's Carnegie Hall last week Violinist Kogan turned up with the Boston to demonstrate what his countrymen were talking about.

When he threaded his way through the orchestra, his 1707 Stradivarius at his side, 5 ft. 5 in. Violinist Kogan looked as though he could never work his short arms through the pyrotechnic bowings...

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