Gramophone has hit a new nadir in my eyes with the review of what is plainly a vanity recording by guitarist Warren Nicholson in the November issue of Gramophone. My attention had been drawn to this recording in the preceding months by the appearance of several prominent half-page colour advertisements promoting this CD from a guitarist whose name was new to me.
Lo-and-behold several months advertising later a generous review appears!
The recording 'Latin American Guitar Favourites' is of what Gramophone's late lamented Early Music and guitar specialist John Duarte called 'Rent-a-Programme' material ie. a potpourri of short hackneyed lollipops.
The reviewer Guy Rickards is generous in his praise(although curiously faintly damning in his use as Milos as a yardstick which is rather like comparing a serious pianist with Richard Clayderman), which will no doubt afford Mr Nicholson with plenty of useable quotes for publicity.
My complaint is not against the performer who is after all only after publicity for his recording, but more against Gramophone for what appears to be a quid-pro-quo review. Gramophone, have you sunk so low already?