When two issues ago I saw the new design and generally better quality articles, I felt that the de-intellectualization of Gramophone going on for the last few years (especially since 2004) had maybe been partly reversed and there was yet hope forjectr this once great magazine. (Take a look at early 2004 articles and see quality of journalism to today's snippets.)
Didnt I get a shock today when the new isse arrived today.
Proms "Hero" Pappano (why, he fought his way through the exits?)
Shorter and Shorter Reviews etc.. but most irritatingly - the continuing "crumpetization" of Grampophone reaches new heights.
It was bad enough when issue after issue we were subject to ever more revealing picture of tt blonde trumpeter, but now we have umpteen pages of that great journalist to rival Cardus - phoaaaarr never mind the vocabulary - feel my Stradivari ... one is taken back to the days of the very laid bacl Om Cmmpaapa Harnoy and her cello.
This is a real shame - I still am a subscriber as there are quasi bits worth reading but this magazine is now rivalling Classic FM for trivilialization of a great art.