Why was Stravinsky alleged to be a lousy conductor?
I'm assuming that Stravinsky was healthy, could see and hear well, and had no personality disorders. How could a skilled composer like him be unskilled at conducting?
In confronting the cliché that he was not a good conductor, the author considers several issues, among them Stravinsky's unerring instinct for the right tempo, his relationship to rubato, his vitality and charisma, and finally, why he devoted so much energy to conducting in the first place.
The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5 ed). p. 546 Middle.