[I heard the following anecdote from the daughter of Otto Klemperer (for the moderator: at a reinauguration of the favorite piano of Richard Wagner in Tribschen, where Daniel Barenboim was playing. I beg for forgiveness should I have got details incorrectly, it's been several years ago. BTW, this is my first submission ever, I hope you like it). She claimed it to be a true story.:] Some day when Otto Klemperer, the famous conductor, and George Mendelssohn from the Vox company were strolling around in New York they finally entered a recording shop. For some reason, Klemperer wanted to buy several recordings of himself conducting symphonies of Beethoven. The salesperson showed Klemperer several recordings of Beethoven's symphonies, conducted by Karajan, Kleiber or Knappertsbusch, but none by Klemperer. "Why wouldn't you be content with one of those recordings," the salesperson said, "they are excellent". "Because Klemperer, that's me!" Klemperer barked. "Oh, I see," said the salesperson, "and that guy beside you is surely Beethoven..." "Nooo! That's Mendelssohn!!!" raged Klemperer.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)