In praise of George Szellmain
We’ve received well over 100 comments on Murray Khouri’s Slipped Disc memoir of the podium monster, whether on site or on social media. Szell has lost none of his capacity to intrigue and infuriate and the keenly awaited upcoming box of Cleveland recordings will give us further cause for comment.
Some, however, see only the good in the man.
This is from Myron Bloom, 92 at Indiana University:
I want it known that Georg Szell was an absolute genius. It was the greatest privilege of my life to be his principal horn for over 25 years. I am appalled and shocked that this article was printed. Some musicians did not have the capacity to understand the gift that they were receiving. Too bad for them but please do not besmirch this great true musician.