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The Hatto Affair: A Victimless Crime?

It has been a bit more than a week since the news broke that many, if not all, of British pianist Joyce Hatto’s recordings for her husband’s Concert Artist label are fakes. One fact is clear. As far as the damage done to the so-called victims, those artists whose work was pirated and issued under […]

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THE HATTO AFFAIR: I DID IT FOR MY WIFE

How disappointing. William Barrington-Coupe, husband of Joyce Hatto and head of Concert Artist recordings, has (apparently) taken the easy way out. In a pathetic letter to BIS owner Robert von Bahr, he claims that he was motivated to doctor his late wife’s recordings to hide technical imperfections and gasps of pain as the suffering woman […]

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SYMPATHY FOR THE SERIALISTS

It’s probably a truism to say that there are only two kinds of music: good and bad, but now that tonality is back in vogue and the serialists are on the retreat, it may be a good time to step back and take stock. My principal motivation has been the audition of a number of […]

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THE NY PHILHARMONIC: PLAYING WITH DICTATORS

There has been no shortage of juicy classical music news recently, starting with the death of German composer and space cadet Karlheinz Stockhausen. I was planning to use that event as a springboard to comment on the ongoing and welcome demise of the European Post-War avant-garde: its hypocrisy, institutional rigidity, and its hopeless failure to […]

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Journalist Norman Lebrecht Dead at 61

Classical music’s prophet of doom has, at last, met his own demise. Spontaneous human combustion is a rare and controversial occurrence, but it has been known to happen even if the exact mechanism remains a mystery. For example in Dickens’ Bleak House, Mr. Krook, a heavy drinker, goes up in flames “engendered in the corrupted […]

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Can Recordings Wreck A Career? Zubin Mehta: A Case Study

If you’ve been a regular visitor to ClassicsToday.com, you will see that we have been gradually working our way through the entire Eloquence label, a reissue series coming from Australia based primarily on recordings from Universal’s Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips labels. Among the many interesting releases appearing on CD for the first time are […]

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