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Since: Jan 08
#1 Feb 20, 2008
Well, a little more research would tell you that this blog has been around much longer than it has been featured on Amazon. And Amazon has about zero to do with this blog too. Amazon has recently allowed authors to link their blogs to the pages of their books. That is all that is going on here. I agree that it is a great move for Amazon and the authors, but its not like Ross is writing FOR Amazon, which what your post implies.
Ross is a very unique music critic, in the sense he can successfully distance himself from the music he reviews. Hero worship, and conversely demonization, are so pervasive in classical music criticism, it often seems like composers are sitting in the heavens duking it out with the fabric of music. Ross bring them down to a more human level, living in a culture and a product of their times. I have never read music commentary which so perceptively stitches together the pluralism of the twentieth century.
When it seems like classical music relies too heavily upon the diefication, such a calm look isn't just refreshing, its remarkable.
And, BTW, be careful with "THE Alex Ross". To most people, THE Alex Ross is a comic book artist.
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