Likewise, if we were to say exactly the same thing apropos Sibelius about say Stravinsky would the linkage be so ridiculous given that Stravinsky probably DID listen to some Elvis Presley at some point. Whether he thought the man a genius or not is frankly irrelevant to the idea.
I do sympathise with the BBC - caught as they are between the stools of fulfilling their essential charter remit while also being forever pestered by government or pressure groups to be more inclusive and populist. The fact that they try to reach out to a wider audience while still promoting as much CM as they do is for me a matter of joy. And if the price I have to pay is the occasional inane link then so be it.
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