"The response to Lebrecht's article to which you posted a link on the message board is particularly interesting as it contains a number of observations from disgruntled subscribers. One of the main points of which they complain is the shortness of the reviews which preclude any detailed examination of the discs under consideration. I too have noticed that the lengthy reviews that used to be the norm in Gramophone are now almost extinct - no longer do we get the discursive discussions at which John Steane for example was so excellent.
"It is perhaps significant that the two other publications concerned entirely with record releases which are still being published in print form - Fanfare and International Record Review - continue to deliver extensive and well-considered reviews which give serious and lengthy consideration both to music and performances. This is of course one of the great strengths of MusicWeb. I cannot conceive of any publication which would have allowed me to expatiate at such length on last year's release of the Solti Ring. I have noted with some pleasure that a comments on American blogs have cited my review as being both comprehensive and informative; and I also note that Mike Ashman, reviewing the same release in Opera for October 2013 (nearly a year after its release, and presumably after any prospect of buying the limited edition will have passed) dismisses the reissue as a 'missed opportunity' in less than a paragraph, citing Decca's failure to update the Culshaw Ring Resounding (to which I also referred obliquely) and to track down the missing footage from Burton's The Golden Ring (which I did not mention, imagining I suspect correctly that like so many black-and-white BBC archives they were simply destroyed). He makes no attempt whatsoever to review the performances themselves.
"If we are in the business of reviewing music (and somebody needs to be) we clearly have a major advantage over competitors in our ability to allow critics to expand at length. Long may we continue to do so!"
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