A hissy spat has broken out in the New York Review of Books over a magisterial essay by Robert Winter, Distinguished Professor of Music at UCLA, on the complete recordings of the sadly-missed polymath pianist, Charles Rosen.
Sony have reissued all of Charles’s recordings in a large box. Professor Winter, after a lengthy disquisition on the merits and demerits of large boxes, proceeds to praise the pianist’s lifetime achievement. Right here.
This is altogether too much for Donald Manildi, Curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM), who fires back an instant letter, finding fundamental fault with Prof Winter’s knowledge of recorded history.
How could he claim, for instance that Rosen was ‘the first to record all twelve Debussy Études’ when surely everyone knows it was the South African pianist Adolph Hallis, who (did so 13 years earlier) for English Decca in 1938.’
Of course he did.
And more besides. Right here.
And while we’re on the subject of classical reviews, Some time, quite soon, all music reviews will look like this.