A reviewer's task - whether he's paid or not - is not just to review a CD; after all, we could get our nans to do that and dispense with Musicweb and Gramophone etc altogether. Their job is to give an expert opinion, and you can't give those if your knowledge of the area you're critiquing doesn't include even recognising the name of a world-class, long-established soloist like Michala Petri.
To be honest, Musicweb is a great resource and has many knowledgeable writers, but it's main attraction is the fact that it's free to users. I suspect that if it weren't free, its visitor numbers would drop off very sharply. To change that, it would have to make sure that howlers like John France's were edited out, the folksiness of several writers like France ("I was saying to my wife just the other day..." etc) was substituted for a more professional approach and that reviewers stuck to writing about what they know.
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