Maybe I will finally be scandalous after all!! (box checked!)
If all it takes is being honest, I'm so pissed noone told me that years ago.
Now, I won't delve into this matter much further, but to say this: To be fair, I did enjoy several parts of this monday's concert. That doesn’t really shine through Norman LeBrecht's slighty sensationalist heading (my blog was quoted on Norman's "Slipped Disc" blog yesterday and that has caused a bit of hubbub!).
Those that take offense to my critique of the “Vier Letzte Lieder” have every right to, but need to acknowledge that the blog I wrote on the subject is definetely not some sort of onesided attack on either Järvi or Fleming.
I was very shocked that the one newspaper critic was so oblivious to what I percieved was going on, because critics are supposed to be sharp and cognizant and pick up on these things. Otherwise, why should they be critics and not every other Tom, Dick and Harry?
Other reveiwers agreed with me completely I should stress – it’s not as if I’m just making things up. Here are all the reviews from the 4 major danish newspapers, you can Google translate as you wish:
As an afterthought, I will now definitely think twice (or thrice!) before doing this type of “review” in the future – of a project that I was involved with. It will all too easily be percieved as being only an aggressive act of jealousy, and not as that which it was meant to be: a personal perspective on something essential to the industry of which I am a part.
Anyone who needs to discuss this further can comment here or email me. I'll happy to reply.
P.S. A random something else