Music: On the Line

"I have always felt that next to the human voice the violin is the most potent instrument for expressing our deepest thoughts and feelings." —Composer George Rochberg

Admirers of the piano, cello and, most recently, the Moog synthesizer may not agree with Rochberg, but one thing is clear. In his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, he has written a new work that not only has plenty to say but is also enjoyable. The acrobatic leaps and biting double stops of its solo part are the flashiest since the Prokofiev No. 2 in G minor. Its poignant melodies are the most immediately...

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