John Marks (I did not know he was a poet in his own mind, too) has every right to like or not like whichever composers he chooses, as do we all. But, this pompous-assed article reveals nothing but the incredible arrogance and self-important smugness of Marks the man and music critic, when he is not writing poetry, that is. His logic is tortured beyond belief in a vain attempt to rationalise and glorify his own simple preferences, as if they had some actual significance.
I also really like the bold quote: "Any opinion poll, no matter how "scientifically conducted", is ultimately founded on total subjectivity." How profound. Duh, what else is new?
JA, you really should be ashamed of yourself for printing this meaningless garbage.
FWIW, Beethoven's not at the top of my list, either. But, who cares but me?