I first discovered the recordings of R. Andrew Lee when I heard his five-hour November, released on the Irritable Hedgehog record label. After that, I purchased many of his other recordings, including music by Tom Johnson, Jürg Frey, Eva-Maria Houben, Anne Southam and others. I’m particularly enamored of the kind of slow, gradual minimalist music […]
The pianist Dejan Lazic, like many artists and performers, is occasionally the subject of bad reviews. Also like other artists, he reads those reviews. And disagrees with them. And gripes over them, sometimes.
But because Lazic lives in Europe, where in May the European Union ruled that individuals have a “right to be forgotten” online, he decided to take the griping one step further: On Oct. 30, he sent The Washington Post a request to remove a 2010 review by Post classical music critic Anne Midgette that – he claims — has marred the first page of his Google results for years.
It’s the first request The Post has received under the E.U. ruling. It’s also a truly fascinating, troubling demonstration of how the ruling could work.
Never mind that such an attitude torpedoes the very foundation of arts criticism, a pursuit that even Lazic says makes us “better off as a society.” Never mind that it essentially invalidates the primary function of journalism, which is to sift through competing, individual storylines for the one that most closely mirrors a collective reality. Or that it undermines the greatest power of the Web, as a record and a clearinghouse for our vast intellectual output.
I’d wondered, since the EU passed that ruling, how long it would be before someone attempted to erase bad reviews of their works. As the article points out, the pianist in question is somewhat misguided, thinking that the decision, which applies only to search engines in Europe, may also, somehow, apply to newspapers (and web sites) in the US.
As a reviewer myself, I’d wondered if some performers or record labels would try and take advantage of this ruling to negate bad reviews of books or CDs; I hadn’t so much considered reviews of live performances, which are much more ephemeral, and don’t have much of an effect on people choosing whether or not to purchase a given item.
And now, this pianist is getting a lot of press about a bad review, which is probably not what he wanted. I wonder if this will have an effect on his ability to get concert bookings; if he’s seen as a troublemaker, plenty of people in the music business might just want to stay away from him.
Music Review: Franz Schubert Complete Songs
40 CDs plus book containing song texts, 2005. List price GBP 180.
In 1987, Hyperion Records began what turned out to be a colossal project: the recording of all of Franz Schubert’s songs (or lieder), a total of 729 songs performed by over 60 soloists. Some of these songs are for male voice, others for female voice, and others for several singers together. (In comparison, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s landmark recording of all the lieder for solo male voice includes 463 songs on 21 CDs.) Originally released on 37 CDs, over a period of 18 years (the amount of time it took Schubert to compose all these songs, before his early death), this new set presents the songs in chronological order.
Classical music is proving to withstand the tests of time, so you might be wondering how an app can help get you more in touch with this rich, inspiring art form. Sure, you may already consider yourself a classical music buff, but there’s always more you can learn about how orchestras work, or how certain […]
The other day, I posted about the new box set of Maria Callas’ Complete Studio Recordings being available for download on the iTunes Store. I had a few exchanges with Andrew Rose, of Pristine Classical, which restores historical recordings, and Andrew said that he thought the Callas remasters were not good. He told me he […]
I recently wrote about the remastered set of Maria Callas’s Complete Studio Recordings on CD. This 70-disc set is a big box of all of the famous opera singers studio releases on EMI. Today, I see that the iTunes Store is selling this set as well: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969), for $180. This is […]
I’m not a fan, but it’s worth highlighting this new box set of Maria Callas’s complete studio recordings, in a remastered edition. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) This is an expensive set: $275 or £211, but it contains 69 CDs, plus a CD-Rom with texts. (It’s even cheaper from Amazon.fr, at €199, and, if you’re in Europe, […]
Update: I first posted this in June, and the publication date has slipped back several times. Right now, it shows a release date of September 15, or tomorrow, so maybe we’ll see this set next week. Graham Johnson, the pianist behind Hyperion Record’s monumental series of Schubert’s complete lieder, is known for having a lot […]