Lisa Hirsch points out this review in the Sacramento Press and rightly calls it a “travesty.”
You have to read it to believe it.
The correction at the end will give you some idea of how completely out of his element the writer was:
“Editor’s Note: The second and fifteenth paragraphs of this article have been amended. Please note that the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is not affiliated with Western Health Advantage. Western Health Advantage only sponsored this particular event. ”
But there are plenty of blunders to go around. I feel sorry for the writer — whether he sought to review the concert or was assigned; he had no business being there.
Sacramento Press. Not Bee.
“We are a strictly online newspaper. Our writers are primarily volunteer Community Contributors…”
At least he heard the Beethoven Fourth though he didn’t say much about it.
A strange thing about it is that i don’t feel outrage or disgust or anything like that when i read it. Must be my own personal problem. It certainly is not a review, fortunately does not pretend to be a review and is not a substitute for one either. It is a report. A report from an event by a person who has never been at similar events before. It may be somewhat refreshing to read such a thing once in a while. Actually, i find it almost kind of charming that a human being who is completely ignorant about classical music can still enjoy a classical music concert. It is nice to know and it even makes me feel a little bit hopeful for a change. Just in time for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Have a great one, everybody!
Perhaps you are right to take it that way, MarK. Unfortunately, there will presumably be readers who are unaware of the author’s innocence. They will be erroneously informed. Never a good thing, no matter what the subject. On the other hand, he spells pretty well.
It’s a good point – about erroneous information. Perhaps the only way to remedy that is to print a real review as a rebuttal right next to this kind of report. But i am clearly fantasizing now.