The project Reviews Reviewed (2010-2014) carried out at the Lucerne School of Music offered a thorough investigation of a large sample of recorded performance critique published in the British magazine Gramophone (1923-2010). The final outcome of this project was a novel descriptive model of critical review of recorded performance that captures four critical activities – evaluation, descriptive judgement, factual information and meta-criticism – and seven basic evaluation criteria on the aesthetic and achievement-related value of performance reliably used by critics, plus two recording-specific criteria: live-performance impact and collectability.
The present project investigates the generalizability of this model across different critical review outlets and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. To this aim, the previously developed model will be used as tool to analyse two new corpuses of recorded performance critique extracted from the U.S. online magazine Fanfare, and Rondo, the widest-circulated specialized classical music magazine in the German speaking area (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, SüdTirol).
The outcome of this study will be an expanded and revised model of recorded performance critical review.