Music: Something Old ...

For his guest stint with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony last week, Violinist Tossy Spivakovsky offered a careful balance: something old, something new. First he flooded the hall with the singing airs of Mozart's Adagio in E. Then, tucking his fiddle under his chin again and staring intently at his stubby fingers, he launched into the amiable and sometimes pyrotechnic moods of Gian-Carlo Menotti's two-year-old Violin Concerto. As always, his tone was luxuriant, his pitch impeccable, and he brought the music to full-blooded life. From Manhattan's experienced audience, the modern work drew down an...

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