All aboard the Martinu bandwagon
Depressing, but predictable, to see the mainstream media scrambling aboard the Bohuslav Martinů bandwagon as soon as BBC Radio 3 announces a cycle of his superb symphonies. Equally depressing, but a sign of the times, to see the Independent publishing an appreciation of the composer's symphonies by a writer who confesses elsewhere to never having heard a single note of them. As Norman Lebrecht famously wrote in the Evening Standard back in 2006:
‘... until bloggers deliver hard facts … paid for newspapers will continue to set the standard as the only show in town’.Sadly the hard facts now show that Norman is no longer at the Evening Standard, and, as from next Monday, the Evening Standard will no longer be a paid for newspaper. But you can find pre-bandwagon appreciations of Martinů here and here.
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