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  •  just read it (4+ / 0-)

    I'd seen the link before, but hadn't gotten around to reading it.  Generally, Tommasini is somewhat prim in his reviews, rarely reaching for the venom in the inkwell (unlike Martin Bernheimer, for example, or the idiot Norman Lebrecht, who has a particular animus towards the NYT and the Metropolitan Opera, and it seems NYC generally).  So when AT does venture criticism that's more on the negative side, it's with a velvet glove, if anything.

    BTW, I wonder if Previn was at Carnegie Hall for the concert.  He seems quite frail of late, from what little I hear/understand.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:38:01 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, well, venomous reviews (2+ / 0-)
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      are the most fun to read (and to write).  But I think he's looking for balance -- not to trash anyone.  I think he liked the performances but thinks the opera itself is fatally flawed.

      Still, it was interesting that the audiences liked it when it premiered.  For example:

      If I had been a film critic, not a college student, when Star Wars opened, my review would have been filled with scathing vitriol.  The only actor who gave a nuanced performance played Obi-Wan Kenobi and they killed him off at the beginning!  Everyone else sucked -- talk about hamming it up! (blame the director) and the dialogue -- well, you could have built a bonfire out of it.

      Some of the special effects were fun.

      -- and, obviously, audiences loved it.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:09:14 PM PDT

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      •  that was the general reaction that I recall..... (4+ / 0-)

        ......at the time to Previn's new opera, pretty negative.  Granted, it is always fun to write harshly critical reviews, especially given the low regard in which critics are held (until they like your stuff, of course).

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:18:02 PM PDT

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        •  Not sure what you mean, 3CM: (3+ / 0-)

          Negative reviews when it opened, yes, Tommasini makes that quite clear.

          But I'm not sure what you mean by this:

          Granted, it is always fun to write harshly critical reviews, especially given the low regard in which critics are held (until they like your stuff, of course).
          I think there's a clause or phrase missing between the start and end of that.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:45:40 AM PDT

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          •  well, it's just that everybody likes to...... (3+ / 0-)
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            .....ridicule critics as frustrated types who can't create their own original works, and so go around ignorantly trashing the work of "real artists".  There are lots of harsh/snarky remarks by artists of all types about critics over the years.  The catch is that w/o critics to review works, there are then no records of premieres or what people thought at the time, apart from artsy types like Harry Graf Kessler in the late 19th and first part of the 20th centuries who kept diaries.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 09:33:19 AM PDT

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