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Maynard on d'Albert
Posted by Neil on August 8, 2014, 2:18 am
ROb Maynard ruins an otherwise informative review of d'Albert on Naxos with a good deal of ignorance. First, the fact that he finds a titular reference to Grillparzer's 'Esther' impenetrable doesn't mean d'Albert's public would have - Franz Grillparzer was a highly respected dramatist back then, and not long dead. Second, Maynard's cheap reference to d'Albert's private life and six wives is out of place. Six wives in 40 years can be explained (though Maynard doesn't even try) without resorting to emotional insinuations. Third, d'Albert's orchestral music, outside of stage-related works, amounts to maybe half a dozen pieces in total - and it's all been recorded at least once. And finally, at the start of a sentence, the correct form is 'D'Albert', with a capital 'd'.
Why did he bother asking for the CD to review if he thought so little of d'Albert and his music?
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