We hear that the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has made a drastic reduction in the space devoted to classical and jazz record reviews. What used to be a whole page Tuesday and Friday, with an immediate effect on CD sales, has been shrunk to a single review, or none at all.
A staff member in a Frankfurt music store tells us that Eleonore Büning’s recent rave review of the C.P.E.Bach Magnificat on Harmonia Mundi yielded an instant spike in across-the-counter sales. Without that showcase the store might, like so many others, have to close.
Followed, a while later, by the newspaper.