What I enjoy most is the reaction of various reviewers not only to voices and production quality, but also - and especially so - to the 'vibes' and ways of various conductors. I can relate to the valuation of Haitink's work in the Meistersinger correspondence, in that I've very rarely been moved or felt musically involved with much of his work, and I relate to the aversion to Solti and Szel in the Electra survey. What's interesting, of course, is Decca sold god knows how many recordings to Solti devotees, ditto Epic, CBS and Sony to the lovers of Szell's brutal style. David Hurwitz in 'Classics Today', for example, still raves about Szell's recordings and he regularly dismisses most Furtwangler recordings. Furtwangler is a 'god' to my ears.
It would seem to me that the human musical appetite can accommodate various cuts of meat and various shades of poison to an infinite degree.
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