For many many years, I have been convinced that the greatest conductor ever to grace the podium was the Hungarian emigre American George Szell, so much so that I am enbarking on a massive project to write a biography of the great man himself, or at least attempt to.
But firstly I should like to start a discussion about him so I can establish whether I am a complete nutter or whether there are fellow fans with whom I can share reviws and stories.
To begin with, let me say that the percieved view of Szell as a martinet are totally at odds with the truth. Yes, he was a perfectionist and did not suffer fools gladly. But in comparison with Toscanini and Reiner, he was a pussy cat, a pussy cat who gave us the finest performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mahler, Walton and many more.
Over to you.
Austen Biss, Hove, UK