BaL reviewers - a question of taste?
I have been listening recently to some of my old BaLs from aeons ago (I know, I know, I need to get out more).
I listened back-to-back to the late Michael Oliver reviewing Die Walküre and John B Steane with Rigoletto. Their beautifully succinct, elegantly phrased and above all, deeply knowledgeable surveys started me thinking about reviewers. Music lovers suffered a great loss with the passing of men like these. Who among reviewers (whether on BaL or in written form, or both) seem always to stand out to you?
Of the current crop I must admit to a soft spot for dear old Professor Deathridge, but find my interest dips decidedly when Rob Cowan, for example (though I do not mean to single out RC for criticism particularly; I find him more suited to the 'convivial chat' format) is the reviewer. I find his 'take' too generalised and 'woolly' for my liking and it doesn't have the solid grounding and expertise which MEO and JBS, for example, so effortlessly embodied and, more importantly, communicated with such passion.
Last edited by Karafan; 07-12-11 at 20:41.
"All else is gaslight" - Herbert von Karajan on the advent of digital recording techniques.