Zagat On Classical Music? Yikes!

The new Zagat guide rating culture has some flaws when it comes to classical music, says a letter writer to the New York Times. “Classical recordings, unlike those in other categories, are usually identified by at least three criteria: composer’s name, title of the work and performer’s name. In the Zagat guide, classical albums are typically listed alphabetically by composer name, perhaps followed by title, with little or no indication of performers. But a recording of a Tchaikovsky piano concerto with Van Cliburn as soloist is listed under “V.” I suspect that this is a little joke. Or perhaps not.”