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 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 2: The Art of Music Criticism

Paul talks to Harriet Smith about the pleasures and pitfalls that come with being a successful music critic, writing for, amongst others, Gramophone Magazine and making regular appearances as a guest on BBC Radio 3's Record Review. Paul asks Harriet to reappraise three albums that she reviewed in the past, right a wrong for a record she didn't review, and to take up the challenge of reviewing four albums in less than 24 hours.

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Recordings discussed in this episode:

Julia Fischer (violin), Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) & Jonathan Gilad (piano)

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nigel Kennedy (violin), Orchestra of Life

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Friedrich Gulda (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Available Format: 2 CDs + Blu-ray

The London Bridge Trio

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

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