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A Short History of Vicious Reviews

Posted at 12:23 PM on February 17, 2009 by Gillian Martin (1 Comments)

Music critics today might write unflattering, negative, or even mildly insulting reviews of classical music performances, but they've got nothing on the critics of the past. This column from slate.com gives some examples from the golden age of incendiary reviews.


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Yes, but composers had a way with words themselves. I believe it was Max Reger who wrote to a critic after a very unflattering review the following:
"Sir;
I am in the smallest room in my house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be in back of me."

Perfect!

Posted by Lisa Ragsdale | February 17, 2009 5:11 PM