The conductor who was lost to the seamain
Had he not gone for a swim on this day in 1973, István Kertész would have been due to turn ninety this year.
After a brilliant spell with the London Symphony Orchestra, Kertesz was the favourite to succeed George Szell at Cleveland when he went for a swim on an April day in Herzliya, Israel, and got carried off by a rip-tide.
Pointless to speculate what might have been had he stayed on shore.
His Decca recordings of the Dvorak symphonies remain the benchmark performances.