Music: Rozsa Violin Concerto

Robert McDuffie

Miklos Rozsa paid for his swimming pool by scoring such celluloid epics as Double Indemnity and Ben-Hur. Result: snobbish critics wrongly assumed his concert music was glitzy trash. Five years after his death, the Oscar-winning Hungarian composer is at last getting acclaim for such disciplined yet intensely passionate works as the soaring violin concerto he wrote in 1956 for Jascha Heifetz, newly and brilliantly recorded by McDuffie, Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony. Forget the dumb critics' bum rap--this is great music.

--By Terry Teachout


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