the arch conservative devil; claudia cassidy literally drove the poor poetic rafael kublik out of chicago for his 'abominable attachment to the moderns'.
kubelik, unfortunately was 'merely' an artist and, lacking political saavy, he could not withstand her vehement attacks.
there is a bit of irony here too because mahler himself was driven from new york by a conservative board filled with claudia cassidy types.
fortunately kubelik left enough recordings to leave his testament of true worth.
this mahler first is easily the most poetic reading you will find.
if there is a hell then i hope old claudia is tortured throughout eternity by being forced to listen to the beauty of kubeliks mahler, or even some xenakis.
by the way, the city of chicago still has a monument to the devil, cassidy.
perhaps someday it will be torn down