Did George Szell tip Vladimir Horowitz over the edge?main
An essay by Bernard Horowitz in a Sony Horowitz box raises the possibility that a remark by the conductor was the straw that broke the pianist’s already fragil grip on his mental health.
Bernard Horowitz (no relation) has documents from the pianist’s archive to substantiate the allegation.
Certainly, Szell and Horowitz were chalk and cheese. But did one drive the other clinically mad?