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Posted by Colin Mackie on July 6, 2015, 9:56 pm
There is an adjacent thread around the subject of music critics and criticism which has drawn a very considerable number of responses. I have no intention of being drawn into that debate. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the very distinguished writer Edward Greenfield who died on 1 July. Greenfield was one of those whose music reviews-like those of the late Michael Kennedy-were invariably well-balanced and which, above all, displayed such an infectious love of music. In the days (now sadly departed) when one could read lengthy, erudite reviews of new releases in 'The Gramophone' Greenfield was one of the must trusted and esteemed of critics. He was also, along with Ivan March and Robert Layton, an editor of the marvellous Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music which-with all its occasional eccentricities-has been a standard reference tome certainly on my shelves since 1986.
At a time when some music critics can sometimes get a rough ride it is worth paying tribute to Greenfield and his work.
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