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Re: Balada Naxos
Posted by paul corfield godfrey on July 14, 2015, 10:44 am, in reply to "Balada Naxos"
I did not respond to Jack's 'lampoon' when it was originally posted (1) because I was not entirely clear what point he was trying to make, and (2) because he attributed to me a claim to infallibility which was so far wide of the mark as to be incredible to anyone familiar with my reviews. I am pleased that Stephen Greenbank enjoyed the disc more than I did, because it demonstrates yet again the range of opinions that find expression on MusicWeb. At the same time I must insist that I am very far from failing to 'understand' or 'enjoy' Balada's music, much of which indeed I find thoroughly accessible and indeed pleasurable. I simply stated that (1) the works on the CD did not show the best of Balada's undoubted strengths and (2) failed to some important degree to live up to the programmes that underpinned the music. Since I wrote my review, a number of other critics elsewhere have made similar comments, such as Ivan Moody in the May 2015 edition of Gramophone. I would have thought that anyone coming new to the music of Balada might well be deterred by the weaknesses of the symphonies on this disc, and that they would be better encouraged to explore the composer's music further by hearing what I would regard as better works on one or another of the excellent series of Naxos discs which have appeared over the years - I specifically mentioned his opera Cristoforo Colombo as a piece that could act as such an incentive.
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