Telegraph’s tame pianist gets ripped into the classical crossover industry

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"Paul Morley deserves a medal. One of the greatest music writers ever, Morley has in one fell swoop exposed the Classic Brit awards for what they really are – an offensive, unnecessary, manipulative and dangerous sham.

Sitting there last week at the Royal Albert Hall as a guest of Sinfini (the new classical music website funded, somewhat ironically, by Universal), he describes the horror show that unfurls before him. Morley says what so many of us in the classical world have long thought: "For those who have come to music through pop or rock, the way ‘classical music’ was dressed up in candelabra kitsch and shop-worn corn would not have persuaded them that there was anything here for them."

He goes on to discuss the tricks employed by the organisers to deflect the sort of critical perspective that might question its motives, and indeed its tenuous relationship to classical music, or to any music at all. The key phrase here is "any music at all". The people behind the CBAs (an assorted cabal of radio bosses, label heads, PR pundits, agents, promotors, journalists) have, for many years now, diluted and butchered classical music, throwing it into a blender alongside cross-over schmaltz, movie soundtracks, pop-opera and greed, and tried to convince us that the gloopy, sick-making result is "classical music".

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