Which is *exactly* why I think he cannot "measure" whether Slatkin is able to do so or not.
How can somebody review a performance of a work if that person thinks that "the music is [sounding] better than it really is"? Isn't it more probable that the person might be reacting to the music he a priori dismissed *regardless* how the performance is?
For Mr. Hadley even the best performance of the world "must somehow disguise the episodic nature of each of the movements". He no less thinks that about *every* major work of the composer!
This is not reviewing a performance, it is not even reviewing the work. It is a review of the composer.
One only needs to imagine done the same to a composer who is more revered out there. Would somebody think about reading a review of Mozart's music that has in its first paragraph the opinion that "most of Mozart's music is only suited for cocktail-parties of shallow people and has less range of emotions than a paramecium"?
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