Music: Shostakovich Premi

Just before Soviet Violinist David Oistrakh left for his first visit to the U.S., he played the world premiere of a new concerto dedicated to him by top Soviet Composer Dimitry Shostakovich. That was in Leningrad, last October. In Manhattan's Carnegie Hall last week the violinist gave the composition its U.S. premiere with the Philharmonic-Symphony, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. It turned out to be one of Shostakovich's most powerful works and the finest violin concerto to reach New York since World War II.

Mitropoulos, who usually conducts from memory, opened the score, apparently...

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