Writing in the Washington Post about the Cleveland Orchestra under its less-than-acclaimed music director, Franz Welser-Möst, Tim Page has published one of those odd reviews that adduces plenty of evidence in support of a conclusion it declines to draw.
Kindly to a fault, Tim writes that he "could find no reason for much controversy about Welser-Möst." But the reasons are right there, beginning in the next paragraph. Welser-Möst's conducting, "while skillful and serious at all times, was only occasionally inspired." He "could not make the case for" Dvorák's Fifth, the opening movement of the "Prague" Symphony "seemed curiously nerveless," and La Mer sounded "cool and prismatic" under Welser-Möst's "sure and straightforward leadership."
In other words, Tim heard exactly the kind of capable but bland and undistinguished conducting that many other observers have witnessed. And, um, that's the reason for the controversy.