Music: Gamble in Budapest

From Rome to Paris, music-lovers had cheered him when he appeared as guest conductor; but no city seemed to want him around for long. He was half paralyzed and shamble-gaited—the result of a brain tumor that struck him down in Los Angeles nine years ago. At times he conducted as if inspired, and at times he floundered hopelessly. His sudden rages and prolonged depressions seemed sometimes to border on madness. Even his friends had begun to doubt whether stormy Otto Klemperer, the once brilliant conductor of pre-Hitler Berlin, would ever have an orchestra of his own again.

Then, last year, Otto Klemperer...

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