There's just one Amazon review so far for the LPO's new recording of Das Lied von der Erde.
The five-star recommendation praises the orchestra's "devastating emotional sweep and delicious sensitivity", the tenor's "power, commitment and beauty of tone", and "a conductor who knows how to relay everything through his hands".
And the rest? "I can't bear listening to myself sing," says the reviewer. Yes, it's modest mezzo Sarah Connolly, who heads it up: "Performer's review..by Sarah Connolly".
Amazon have recently garnered a lot of publicity for removing fake reviews - that is, gushing praise by friends and family pretending to be ordinary customers. One of their terms is that a reviewer may not "impersonate any person or entity". But Connolly is not pretending to be someone else. She makes it perfectly clear who she is, and I can find nothing in Amazon's terms to suggest an artist cannot comment on their own work.
For most classical CDs these days, the most that that can be hoped for in the way of independent review is a couple of lines in one of the Sunday papers. So is there anything wrong in artists taking matters into their own hands?