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Re: Julian Cochran - Classical Pianist and Composer
Posted by Nick Barnard on April 14, 2013, 8:22 pm, in reply to "Re: Julian Cochran - Classical Pianist and Composer"
Mr White - I feel there are two diametrically opposed but equally valid positions a reviewer can take. One is from the point of view of in depth knowledge/experience/insight into a work or performer. This clearly has value for the reader since it short circuits the need for them to acquire that knowledge - assuming they 'trust' the reviewer's stand-point. The second position is more "risky" in that it puts the reviewer on the same standpoint as any first time listener. On occasion I have requested discs of music way outside my main area of expertise and/or knowledge. In trading off insight one gains a fresh perspective that possibly mirrors that of other newcomers to the disc in question. Again, if the reader feels from experience that the reviewer in question is someone whose taste is close to their own this can be a useful guide. I see this as a complimentary style of reviewing and one a site such as MusicWeb which often has multiple reviews of the same disc helps promote.
Knowledge or expertise can be a double edged sword since with it comes prejudice .... "I know this work well - I expect it to be faster/slower/louder/softer.." We will have to agree to disagree about the notion of a CD as a package of complimentary elements not simply the music. I am sure you must know recordings where marvellous performances are marred by poor engineering or great music limited by poor playing. Surely the engineering and playing is part of Byzantion's "product" as much as the notes played?
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