Isn't it rather having your cake and eating it to say "it has become almost impossible to listen to his [Pears'] voice without the mannerisms which Moore guyed so precisely intruding on one’s enjoyment"? Either it's impossible or not, I should have thought. I can laugh myself silly watching Moore do his combined Pears/Britten routine, but I never think of it when actually listening to Pears himself. I also don't find the parody "cruel", whatever PP & BB thought about it: it is too genuinely riveting for that. For me it is a tribute, as any genuine parody is, of course. Does one find Max Beerbohm's parody of Henry James interfering with one's pleasure in reading the latter? On the contrary, it has enhanced our understanding of James.
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