Divergences of critical opinion as great as these, or greater, have been the norm ever since musical criticism has existed. MusicWeb is perhaps unique in the way in which such divergence can be found in a single place. In my late teens you could assemble such divergence by taking Gramophone, Records and Recording and EMG Monthly Letter. And these were all "professional" reviewers.
Perhaps I did myself and my colleagues injustice by quoting only snippets of our reviews. If you go to the full reviews you will find the reviewer explains his reasons in every case. If "someone" wishes to suggest that one or other of us has a weak understanding of the subject, then he, she or it (whichever M.A. is) should equally explain his, her or its reasons. The result would not be carnage, it would be discussion. If, on the other hand, "someone" merely flings an unsupported accusation, the result would not be carnage either but, like other gratuitous insults, it would be better either removed or just left to wither.
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