Such a bad conductor, such a great teachermain
The Vienna State Opera is putting on a centennial exhibition of the life of Hans Swarowsky, a Jewish musician from Budapest who became the influential teacher of Abbado, Mehta, Sinopoli, both Fischer brothers and many more.
He was the go-to conducting teacher of the mid-century.
As a conductor himself, he was terrible.
I recall a Mahler 4th and 5th with tempi all over the place and a Brahms 4th on Supraphon that never really got going (a fuller account of his recordings can be found here).
A case of those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach?
The exhibition opens next Tuesday.