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Re: The 'recommended' label
Thanks, Len, for your considered and courteous reply. However I don't think there's anything there that brings about a shift in my position. If, as you say, the award of a 'recommended' is in the end subjective then I still don't quite grasp what the point of that award might be. That an individual reviewer is enthusiastic about a particular recording and recommends it to like minded folk with a shared interest in chamber music, piano music, opera or whatever is surely obvious enough from the text of the review. It doesn't need a 'recommendation', a 'gold star' or some kind of pat on the head added to it. And what is of concern to me are those many thoroughly welcome and usually well recorded and especially interesting recordings of items a little off the beaten track. Maybe the lack of a 'recommendation' might undermine their chance of success in the marketplace. That would be a great pity.
And I'm also sure that there will be many occasions when a release is judged by a reviewer or the editorial team as recommendable but where a particular reader fails to agree. For example, I'd be perfectly happy on my desert island with a full library of recordings of Haydn quartets. But then I'd prefer the Doric Quartet recordings to be left on the mainland for I don't much care for what they do to Haydn. But if the Doric recordings are held to be 'recommended', and I'm sure a good number of string quartet fanciers would go along with that, then am I to suppose that my own judgments or preferences are defective?
However I will enjoy reading contrary reviews, and I hope our interchange will spark off some interesting responses. What of course everyone will agree upon is that without MusicWeb our lives would be much impoverished. And I have quite tremendous appreciation of all those 50,000 and still writing past reviews. That is a quite staggering figure and something to boast about!
- The 'recommended' label - Peter Shott January 2, 2019, 12:09 am
- Re: The 'recommended' label - Len Mullenger January 2, 2019, 3:47 pm
- Re: The 'recommended' label - Peter Shott January 2, 2019, 6:06 pm
- Re: The 'recommended' label - nick barnard January 9, 2019, 11:24 pm
- Re: The 'recommended' label - dhekelia January 24, 2019, 6:02 am
- Re: The 'recommended' label - Jim Westhead January 29, 2019, 3:11 pm
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