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« on: April 23, 2015, 04:25:37 am »

I generally like to research a composers works and read what ever I can find about a certain CD before I plunk down some money.  I was somewhat amused by some of  Rob Barnett's reviews...  "sounds like Rachmaninov"  is not really something I'd expect in a review.. don't get me wrong, the MusicWeb is a great source of information, but at times, I think my 5 year old daughter could have written a more insightful review on some of the works.  Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2015, 12:26:14 am »

I generally like to research a composers works and read what ever I can find about a certain CD before I plunk down some money.  I was somewhat amused by some of  Rob Barnett's reviews...  "sounds like Rachmaninov"  is not really something I'd expect in a review.. don't get me wrong, the MusicWeb is a great source of information, but at times, I think my 5 year old daughter could have written a more insightful review on some of the works.  Just my 2 cents.
I don't want to be snarkey, but Rob Barnett's reviews have been godsend to me for many years, although he does possess a slight bias for UK composers which is understandable.
Not being a muscian, I know exactly what he means by his verbage. I also read the reviews at Amazon.com(and others) , so how simple minded is that?
Perhaps Barnett simplified the message, so more people would have an interest in our music. "Sounds lke Rachmaninoff" is not unreasonable observation, but he should have seasoned it a bit more for serious collectors unless the statement was taken out of context. Could you please point to he review so we can have a look too?

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2015, 12:42:11 am »

I generally like to research a composers works and read what ever I can find about a certain CD before I plunk down some money.  I was somewhat amused by some of  Rob Barnett's reviews...  "sounds like Rachmaninov"  is not really something I'd expect in a review.. don't get me wrong, the MusicWeb is a great source of information, but at times, I think my 5 year old daughter could have written a more insightful review on some of the works.  Just my 2 cents.

Dear Dhibbard
IMHO I'd object that there is an overall use of "recalls RVW" term also for composers outside europe and US.Neverthless i highly appreciate Barnett's site particularly National Discographies and at last also in usually highly reliable Chandos's booklet of Suchon it's said that Sinfonietta Rustica recalls RVW, but in mid 50's, was his music publicized in Slovakia? I know only that in eastern bloc Ernst Hermann Meyer was an admirer.
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A lot of japanese composers really sounds "like Rachmaninov" and under a certain point of wiew also Yellow River Piano Concerto does it
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2015, 11:18:21 pm »

"Sounds like X" can have two different meanings:

1) The work is derivative and copies X's style.

2) The work has its own style but the nearest I can describe it is that has some general similarities to X.

One has to be careful which meaning is intended.
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