Critical Conversation: Critics Can’t Fix Everything

Does the classical music industry expect too much from the critics who cover it? “It asks for ‘constructive criticism’ which, in my experience, is merely a euphemism for good reviews. Then there are complaints that music critics here don’t engage with the music as much as they used to in the glory days… but the space for the single-event review has diminished drastically since their days. One can only look with envy at the column inches the New York Times and most of the big-hitting German daily papers still accord to important opera openings or headline concert events. But the fact is, surely, today, that fewer and fewer musical offerings are headline events.”