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Unfortunately, Chris. It seems some people, in the name of their "cause" or "quest", they sacrifice the great virtue of moderation. Pity!
This, the first online review for 'Di Sheyne Milnerin', demonstrates exactly why Andrew Mellor's reason for dismissing the CD was wrong and why I and Nimbus Records, who feel quite as strongly as myself, were right to have stood up and made the point we did: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2012/Nov12/Di_Sheyne_Milnerin_NI6191.htm
To Mr Olavarria, and others who have entirely missed my point, this is not music for a restricted audience but something of real value that can be appreciated by everyone. For those on here who can't be bothered to read the whole thing, here is the critic's conclusion, warts and all:
This is all as heart-rending as the Schubert cycle and the music, though completely new to me, conveys the feelings just as graphically as Schubert’s does. Mark Glanville’s somewhat gritty bass-baritone is powerful and expressive and his straightforward approach is well attuned to the contents of the cycle. He is excellently supported by Alexander Knapp, whose playing is flexible and sensitive. I only wish the recording balance had been more generous to the singer. As it is, one gets the feeling that the piano is at the front of the stage while Mark Glanville is standing behind it.
This is a fascinating issue and I urge readers to give it a try. It is music off the beaten track, but that’s where one often makes the real discoveries.
One lesson here is never apologise, never explain.
The other is, ignore Mark Glanville when he is trying to stick his latest record down your throat. You don't want to look like an antisemite do you? So you owe him the free publicity!
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