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Re: The wonderful Steve Arloff
I notice that Tony Phillips has chosen not to become a reviewer saying it's easier to criticise than do - point taken! It's also interesting that I am not the only reviewer he has issues with. As far as I'm concerned I choose carefully and am seriously rarely disappointed and I am not going to adversely criticise things unless I really don't like the music or find the performance lacking in some way (often difficult if the music is new to me). Fortunately we are able to audition the music before choosing which enables an informed choice. We all have our preferences; I choose what is for me interesting repertoire that I don't know. If I choose works by composers I do know I want works by them I don't know and better still I prefer unknown works by unknown composers (or, rather, unknown to me). Not having had a specific music education I haven't got the requisite technical expertise to talk that way about music. I can only express my personal reaction to it. I take Tony Phillips' point concerning my choice of adjectives and wish I could expand my vocabulary and am keeping a specific file for that purpose. It is quite a job to come up with different ways to say similar things when you review so many discs. As for choosing all that is released by Weinberg why wouldn't I since I rate him so highly? The same goes for Tcherepnin. I don't consider that I have a duty to anyone, reader, record company or performer but to the music as I hear it. What I presume readers want is a reviewer's reaction so that they can make a judgement about whether the music is worth hearing and whether they should chance buying the disc. If Tony Phillips is looking for the same thing then I can assure him he will not be disappointed if he follows my recommendations whatever he thinks about my prose! Finally, if he is of the opinion that I paraphrase the booklet notes it can only mean that he already has the discs in question and reads my reviews after purchase so what led him to buy them and more to the point did he enjoy them as much as I did?
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