B1159. JOHANNA FIEDLER. Arthur Fiedler – Papa, the Pops and Me. New York, Doubleday, 1994. 268pp. First Edition. Index; Discography; Photos; DJ. - 0-385-42391-8
"Critics praised [Johanna Fiedler's] vivid descriptions of events that occurred during her tenure [at the Met], including an insightful account of the British director John Dexter’s stewardship of the Met and the 1980 murder of the violinist Helen Hagnes, who was found naked and bound in a ventilation shaft after disappearing during an intermission. But some critics complained that Ms. Fiedler was less candid than she could have been about other aspects of life at the Met. 'Fiedler comes across as a decent, bright and perceptive observer who admires the Met and is not entirely comfortable relating all the gossip she knows her readers are counting on’, Anthony Tommasini wrote in The New York Times in 2001.
Ms. Fiedler’s earlier book, ARTHUR FIEDLER: PAPA, THE POPS AND ME (1994), a memoir of her father, depicted him as more dysfunctional than his avuncular persona let on.
‘Her portrait of Arthur Fiedler is as unflinching as a Holbein or Whistler portrait’, Lawson Taitte wrote in The Times in 1994. ‘We are persuaded we see the renowned musician just as he was, every wrinkle and scowl line intact’.”
- Daniel E. Slotnik, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 4 June, 2011