I learned only today of the passing of one of the ARSC Journal's long-time recording reviewers, David Breckbill. He was brilliant and widely-published scholar in many musical areas, including the history of Wagner performance, which was his specialty. He was also an exceptional person. I found an obituary for him on line, as well as a tribute to him on the web site of Doane College, where he had been a faculty member for many years.
He had told me of his illness last summer, but asked me to keep it to myself, which I respected.
There was a short memorial piece in the latest mailing of the Vocal Record Collectors Society.
Audio Engineer Emeritus
The Crane School of Music
SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
"Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
"A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."