Richard Freed: A Classical Music Critic, He Was Widely Regarded as a Writer Many Other Critics Read to Learn From

From a Washington Post obit by Tim Page headlined “Richard Freed, classical music critic, dies at 93”:

Richard Freed, a classical music critic and administrator renowned for the program notes he wrote for the National Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the leading ensembles of Baltimore, Houston and Philadelphia, died at his home in Rockville, Md…

A courtly, soft-spoken man, Mr. Freed was widely regarded as a writer many other critics read to learn from. He was the executive director of the Music Critics Association from 1974 to 1990. He won a Grammy Award for best liner notes on a historical recording in 1995 for his work on “The Heifetz Collection,” a near-complete collection of the recordings of violinist Jascha Heifetz.