Artists I'd like to kick
May 26, 2010 by Norman Lebrecht
Several respondents to yesterday’s post called for a clean-up campaign of record labels that put out non-classical material under a classical banner. I share their view.
When I go to a vegetarian restaurant, I don’t want to find chicken livers in my lasagna. They may be perfectly good livers, yielded by the happiest and most willing chicks, but if the sign outside says vegetarian that’s what it ought to be – and, if it ain’t, there are laws that deal with people who pass one thing off as another. It’s no different from selling fake Rolexes. The classical industry ought to wise up to that fact while it still has a business to look after.
End of sermon. Quite a few people, led by Carole Cameron, called for a list of so-called artists we’d like to have kicked of classical labels. The estimable Carole proposed:
1 Conductor/composer Howard Goodall, a British TV classical chef
2 Faryl Smith (a singer, apparently)
3 Anything off a TV talent show….
4 André Rieu, the chart-topping schmaltz violinist
5 ex-popster Jon Lord and
6 everyone who’s taking part in a Mercedes-Benz summer fest.
Here, for your consideration, are the ten I’d most like to see kicked off.
1 Russell Watson, the amplified aria belter
2 Myleene Klass, the Satie-playing fashion model
3 Il Divo… need I say more?
4 André Rieu, Viennese sediment for life’s departure lounge
5 Paul Potts (well he’s virtually vanished already)
6 Popstar to Opera Star winner Darius Campbell
7 Sting on Deutsche Grammphon
8 Bryn Terfel sings Lloyd Webber
9 Renee Fleming in smooch mode
10 That egregious bunch called Blake.
Let them take their fake smiles and flash their wares elsewhere. Feel free to vote for kick-offs and add your own selections in the space below.
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