I agree that endless comparisons of the standard repertory, where there are many choices of individual performances, can be wearisome especially when the choice comes down to a relatively small number of supposed "benchmark" recordings. But on the other hand, with works that are represented in the catalogues by a relatively small number of alternative recordings, I would have thought that potential purchasers who are considering adding a particular work to their collections, would positively welcome some consideration of the various versions available. When I do this it is most certainly not with any attention of drawing attention to the size of my collection or displaying my own erudition but simply to provide some guidance to the possible alternatives which a purchaser might consider. I spend some time doing this, seeking out where necessary versions that I have not heard, and nobody before has ever suggested that this has no value. Reviews elsewhere frequently seem to assume that these alternative versions do not exist or have no relevance (this may be due of course to limitations of space, something that MW thankfully does not need to consider!) and indeed some responses have complained that I have not thrown my net of comparisons even more widely. If any reader finds this kind of (hopefully informed) opinion boring or unhelpful, they are of course at liberty to skip over these sections; but to simply describe a particular issue without any reference to other recordings which purchasers might wish to consider seems to be to be less than helpful.
I should add of course that many of the recordings which I receive for review have no alternatives available, for which one thanks the increasingly exploratory nature of some record companies. I will still however even in these cases occasionally make reference to readings that are available on the internet if these seem to have relevance. But I am not at all sure how any review, of whatever music, can be 'holistic' in the manner suggested. To review a CD purely on the 'musical qualities' of a single performance under discussion would seem to me to forego one of the essential ingredients of any informative criticism.
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