Critics and CDs
What this reflects, of course, is a high-church view of classical releases. The more experimental, offbeat, contemporary work that's been mentioned in this discussion -- the kind of recording that the current climate makes it easier to get released -- doesn't get onto Gramophone's radar. The initial nominations come from the record companies themselves, so there's a pre-selection process already in place.
This is right in line with what one commenter described as the failure of the critical establishment to find a way to deal with the flood of new releases (a failure of which this member of the critical establishment, at least, is all too keenly aware. Indeed, my choice of links above can be criticized as being fairly old-fogey-ish on the spectrum of contemporary offerings). The best shot I know of so far at the kind of "net-based critical establishment" the commenter is hoping for is Classicstoday.com, a fine Web publication devoted to CD reviews. This site, too, tends to be more traditional in its focus and doesn't generally address the cutting edge; but it remains a useful resource.
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