'Here come the ouches and squirms, the fuss and hubbub,' he said. 'I was expecting it, I'm throwing a hand grenade at musicians who simply have to accept they must transform their way of playing if they are to play as composers intended.' He added: 'Vibrato can be amazingly destructive to an orchestral expression. It is acoustic central heating.'
On the con side, Keith Harvey of the Gabrieli Quartet:
'Roger is alienating a large part of the musical profession,' he said. 'He has been incredibly insulting about the professionalism of those who use vibrato, while at the same time reducing the sound of his orchestra to that of a bad amateur performance, producing a sound often referred to as "grade three failed".'
Ouch. For those who can't get out to the Royal Albert Hall, the BBC is offering comprehensive online and radio broadcasts of all the proms concerts.
(Via Jessica Duchen)