I did enjoy Christopher Howell's recent review of the reissued Neumann Dvorak cycle on Supraphon. Nice to get some historical perspective.
I just want to point out that his quoting David Hurwitz as saying Neumann 'in general had a tendency towards “a certain stiffness”' is incorrect.
Hurwitz used this expression only in his review of Neumann's CPO Mahler cycle. What he said was "Neumann’s interpretations of these works vary markedly over time, and if he had a fault, it was that he sometimes showed a certain stiffness of tempo...". (see link)
All the best.
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