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David Threasher reviewed Angela Hewitt’s recording of three Schumann
works for piano and orchestra in the September issue in a way that hardly fits
the above description, which “Gramophone” puts on the top of its front page of
Admittedly, some of the wording is – unintentionally, I
guess – quite amusing: thus, the reader is informed that anticipation can write
cheques (who writes cheques these days, anyway?), and that the 3rd
movement of the concerto is played like a “week of turkey sandwiches.” Finally,
the piano sounds “disembodied.” As an MD I know something about human anatomy,
but disembodying a piano must be quite a task.
All this non-informative ruminations about performances I
myself found engaging, honest and totally in the vein of Ms. Hewitt’s
The distorted views of this reviewer, however, went totally
over the top with a parenthetic comparison of the people who “spurn Steinway”
to those whom do the same with Microsoft.
Where did that come from? Firstly, who would spurn Steinway:
wonderful pianos, indeed. Secondly, Microsoft should indeed be spurned,
because it used its one-time monopoly to suppress other software developers,
who had better and more intuitive products. Fortunately, those of us who fought
against Microsoft dominance by steadfastly staying with Apple, are now being
vindicated by the popularity of this company’s products, not the least the
ones, which have contributed significantly to the advancements of classical
music to millions of new listeners.
Despite these irrefutable facts I have no illusion of
swinging the opinion of Mr. Threasher: he is probably at home right now writing
cheques or using his computer with an outdated Microsoft System software to
write another “best classical music review”?