Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Classical Reviewer blog celebrates its first anniversary



When the Classical Reviewer blog was launched in February 2012 its stated aim was for ‘a new classical review blog that aims to be both informative and thought provoking’.

From the outset I also wanted to look at the best in classical music. There are many websites and journals that are prepared to severely criticise poor performances or recordings. This is perfectly valid but I also felt that there should be a place for highlighting all that is best in classical music, whether it is a great recorded performance, unusual repertoire, contemporary works or a particularly fine live concert. There has also been the occasional opportunity to review interesting new music books.

Links are always provided to other relevant and interesting websites. I also send copies of all my blogs to the artists and contemporary composers involved – after all they are the most important people without whom there would be no such marvellous music making.

The Classical Reviewer blog has grown in just one year to have over 1000 Twitter followers and has, to date received over 10,000 page views. The average number of page views now exceeds 2000 per month.

I have been supported in this by many record companies and publishers including the following:

Avie Records, Boydell Press, Divine Art (Divine Art and Metier), Harmonia Mundi (Harmonia Mundi, Audite, Piano Classics and Signum Classics), Nimbus Alliance (Nimbus, BMS Records, EM Records, Red Priest Records), Select Distribution (Naxos, BIS, CPO, Dacapo and Ondine), Sony Classical, Souvenir Press, Toccata Classics and Universal Classical (Decca, Deutsche Grammophon).

My thanks go to all of the companies above that have supplied and continue to supply review copies. Most of all I thank my followers for supporting The Classical Reviewer blog.

My intention for the future is that The Classical Reviewer will widen to include reviews of releases from even more record companies, review more music book publications and continue to explore contemporary music and unusual music from the past as well as the best performances of the great classics, all within an interesting blog format.


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