Post by ***@gmail.com Post by Al Eisner
A very bright spot in the year. Thank you Dave.
Usually entertaining, often highly informative (e.g., about works
new to me, but also check out things like his introductions to
Haydn symphonies), sometimes wrong-headed (i.e., meaning I disagree)
or infuriating (probably intentionally). I would, however (a favorite
word of his), prefer more samples (as possible) and less singing.
DH has very fixed opinions, some of which I disagree with, but he knows orchestral stuff, and you normally always come away a little bit more informed.
It's easier to read music reviews like Hurwitz in print, rather
than spoken. Since none of it has sound samples, so far as I
know, it offers no advantage to print.
The amount I learn in the amount of time I would take to listen
to all the Hurwitz video reviews is spent much more productively
in reading the American Record Guide and BBC Music magazines,
which I tear out the interesting pages and circle the items for
further research and sound samples. I could go through many
issues, and have a tall stack of mentions and reviews in the
time it takes to listen to speaking videos.
My opinion, print is better than speech for music reviews.