II’m not sure if he’s really soulless— there are many occasions where he’s spot on. But I totally disagree on the Lindsay’s. His Beethoven and Schubert are both my reference cycles — they simply say far more than dozens of flashier accounts although you obviously want to hear alternatives from time to timeHe’s soulless. He considers people who value heart and spirit of the music to be akin to cult members. He states that he only deals in “musical facts.”
I was reading a Penguin Guide review of the Lindsay Beethoven Quartets yesterday:
“The sense of spontaneity brings the obverse quality: these performances are not as precise as those in the finest rival sets; but there are few Beethoven quartet recordings that so convincingly bring out the humanity of the writing, its power to communicate.”
This is the whole way of thinking that Hurwitz runs counter to (He rails against the British press). I completely disagree with Hurwitz’s musical philosophy and in particular his diatribes against people who recognize that there is more to music than just the nuts and bolts.