At the risk of making an obvious point, the writing styles of individual reviewers is bound to vary and some will place the primary focus on discussing the music, especially if the music in question is unfamiliar or new. For myself, I don't see how one could write a review of a CD without referring to both the performance standards and to the quality of the sound.
There is a wide variety of issues that we have to consider in appraising a recording: the music itself; performance quality; recorded sound; documentation; production and picture quality when discussing an opera or ballet DVD. I'm sure there are times when I - or my colleagues - may not always strike what a reader may feel is an ideal balance between all these matters but I believe that we cover all the essentials more often than not.
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