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Reckord's 'Elijah' criticism baseless

Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am appalled that the critic of Mendelssohn's Elijah, performed on August 8 at Sts Peter & Paul, could have been so blatantly insensitive and so ill-informed as to deny credit to the main person who prepared musically all the choral pieces over the past nine months, culminating in the fine performance of the work.

The person who is to be irrefutably credited for this work is the musical director of the National Chorale of Jamaica, Winston Ewart.

This oversight reeks of insufficient research on the part of Michael Reckord and certainly irresponsible journalism in his article ''Elijah' very good, but lengthy' (Gleaner, August 12, 2015). It is also shocking that the music critic of the leading daily newspaper could suggest that the masterpiece seems too long for him. He is certainly within his right to dislike Elijah, but to criticise the length of this masterpiece of the choral repertoire seems remiss.

As far as I am concerned, this presentation of Elijah, an oratorio of the highest quality, was an important stimulant for the continual development of a wider appreciation for another type of music so missing in our society today.

This was so clearly reflected in the response from the audience who sat through the two and a half hours.

I will always accept all criticisms as long as they are based on relevant facts.

WILLARD WHITE (Sir)

OM, CBE