Admitting the episodic nature of the music hardly constitutes an "appalling" opinion. Other comments of Mr. Hedley's show that he himself holds the music in considerable affection - it's not his, but Slatkin's affections that are in doubt here.
Not only is Mr. Hedley entitled to invoke these considerations when reviewing a recording, he is to a considerable extent OBLIGED to do so - particularly as they have a significant impact on the quality of performances. Mr. Hedley is thus not disqualified from arguing his case, but able to reach a much more informed, far better argued conclusion. And, it seems to me, that's exactly what he did - so what's REALLY your problem?
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