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Thread #123141   Message #2741827
Posted By: The Sandman
09-Oct-09 - 05:57 AM
Thread Name: music critics,do we need them?
Subject: RE: music critics,do we need them?
They are essentially masturbating in public, and while that may give them pleasure it certainly gives none to the people who have to witness it. The best performers, the ones we pay good money to go and see, work hard to get their performances right: they study, they rehearse, they think it through. They know that criticism,if it is contructive, if it is rooted in a knowledge and understanding of the music, is not just useful, but necessary. So I will respect those performers, and those who are willing to discuss their work with some degree of rationality, before I give even the slightest credence to those of you who use this site to nag and whinge about other people who nag and whinge.[QUOTE]

I have been a professional performer for 35 years,I rehearse and practise my material,what I expect in return from a critic,is a professional review,so I expect statements to be qualified,I think it reasonable that critics ,should not be above criticism.