Submitted by Name: Jaakko Tuohiniemi From: Helsinki, Finland E-mail: Contact
Comments: The reviews written - and published for all to read free of charge - by Johan van Veen are a great enjoyment for me, actually have been already for many years.
His reviews are just like reviews should be: long enough to catch the point, not only the positive things, but also in making us remember that nothing should be taken for granted what comes to historically informed performance practice. Making an evaluation of artistic creations is always a subjective work - and to be credidble must not omit the negative aspects, for if you are able to say that something is good, you must be able to say as well that something is bad. The latter aspect is too often hushed away, but Mr van Veen bravely keeps saying what he thinks.
Even if I find myself to be once a while in opposition with his reviews, reading them is one of top things for me, week after week. So very many thanks, Johan, for your great work!
Added: July 19, 2015
Submitted by Name: Bart O'Brien From: Rotterdam E-mail: Contact
Comments: With the demise of International Record Review, your intelligent, knowledgeable reviews become even more important. Please keep up the good work!
Added: April 18, 2015
Submitted by Name: Lothar Bemmann From: Goettingen (D) E-mail: Contact
Comments: Bach CPE..., Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit, Metronome Recordings MET CD 1091, Carole Cerasi: please amend harpsichord to clavichord.
Added: July 28, 2014
Submitted by Name: Matthias Velten From: Cologne D E-mail: Contact
Comments: thank you for the helpful radio guide, but you forgot one important concert: 20-3-14 Klara 20.30 Huelgas Ens.:de Rore : Passione secundum Johannem, live broadc within Klara festival, Brussels Miniemenkerk
Added: March 22, 2014
Submitted by Name: John T. Dulaney From: Memphis, Tennessee, USA E-mail: Contact
Comments: I always look forward to your monthly lists of CD releases, an essential addition to Gramophone and Fanfare. Thank you very much for your work, and best wishes for the holiday season.
Added: November 26, 2012
Submitted by Name: Russell Blacker From: UK E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks for your reviews of CDs. It is really helpful to have well informed comments - such as yours - on new recordings as most early music discs don't get reviewed in 'Gramophone'. Keep it up.
I agree with you wholeheartedly about the dumbing down of Radio3 - I used to listen to it all the time to catch the special recordings they did - remember "The Rise of Polyphony" series by Basil Lam or the wonderful series of English Madrigals by Anthony Rooley and the Consort of Musicke? Now, it's just CDs-based and I don't bother at all. I do my best to catch snippets of new recordings on sites such as the CPO label or Itunes.
Added: February 28, 2012
Submitted by Name: Ercole Nisini From: The Stage
Comments: I am just suggesting that not qualified people should not put their opinion about our job on the web or share their comments with concerts organizations since this is a damage to our work!! If you do not like our music, our CDs or our interpretation it is fine, but please do not put your opinion everywhere if you are not requested!!!!! Find the way to share it privately with your friends, but please do not enter into professionals channels......or please let us know somehow that you are a qualified journalist or musicologist (.....a professional musicians would not do that anyway)!!!!!!!!!!
Added: October 18, 2011
Submitted by Name: Christopher Price From: Australia E-mail: Contact
Comments: I read with consternation the contributions by David Watkin and Ercole Nisini. Are they really suggesting that the only people qualified (or even able) to appreciate, evaluate and critique a musical performance are formally qualified musicians? Talk about treating your audience (most of whom would never be musicians) with disdain! Perhaps Mr Watkin and Mr Nisini would like to perform before audiences made up exclusively of musicians and musicologists. Or maybe they would really prefer to have no musicians and musicologists in their audiences, since then no one would have the right to evaluate their performances!
Added: August 23, 2011
Submitted by Name: Ercole Nisini From: Germany E-mail: Contact
Comments: Yes please, it would be at least fair to know about the musical background and credential of Mister van Veen since he feel free to publish his personal comments about the work of musicians. Please it is not desired to read any further negative comments on this website (and in social networks like twitter) about my work and that of my Ensemble. Thank you very much.
Added: May 6, 2011
Submitted by Name: David Watkin From: the world of dedicated musicians E-mail: Contact
Comments: I have just read with visceral shock your horrible comments about my performance of Bach’s 2nd Suite for Cello at Eisenach Easter 2000, on the Bach Cantatas website. I remember every heart-felt note of the 3 Suites and the Cantatas of those 3 days, and the fabulous singing. I am astonished that you feel my music making consists of ‘just playing the notes correctly’, and that you feel able to dismiss a dedicated musician so casually,in passing ‘I almost forgot’ Having read your opinion, I hoped to read about your musical background and credentials, but have searched the net in vain. Please do me the courtesy of letting me know at which musical institutions you have studied and at what level you have yourself performed, or where I can next hear you perform, so that I can better understand the nature of what you consider to be interpretation.