'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Joyce Hatto May Result in a Brighter Future

I, like most people involved in the world of classical music, continue to follow the Joyce Hatto saga.
Today in 'The Daily Telegraph' there was a small piece about her husband William Barrington-Coupe and how he has previously been convicted, and jailed, for tax evasion.
This was way back in 1966 and whilst I don't feel we should let 'old' crimes cloud our judgement, inevitably it forms opinions.
Barrington-Coupe has now withdrawn the sale of the CDs, but has said, 'It has nothing to do with any recognition of guilt ...'
Whatever the outcome of this particular case there are bound to be repercussions. Record companies are already looking into the claims that their works were pirated.
As I said before, we know all about that.
Two tracks, that have been widely distributed, composed and performed by Hill/Wiltschinsky but credited to another artist, are still available.
The company has acknowledged their mistake but not actually done anything about it.
Artists themselves are often way down the list in the pecking order which is preposterous.
Maybe this whole affair will give the industry the shake up it needs.
They would after all be nothing without the performers.

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