Dozens of artists have written in, denouncing the continued practice at Fanfare magazine of pedding advertising space in exchange for a favourable review.
Fanfare is not the only classical outlet to practise such bribery, though others are perhaps less brash.
What perplexes me – and I have been discussing this with several artists – is why, knowing a rave review to be valueless, many artists, labels and managements still post it on their websites.
If Fanfare is fraudulent, don’t quote it. Otherwise you become party to the fraud.