Then she crossed the line, when she lambasted "that AWFUL music!"
We're still on speaking terms -- though just barely!
It's surprising to me that someone who is "heavily into" English literature did not realize that the music was heavily influenced by (and contained several) authentic Dorset folk songs of the period. Thomas Hardy was a collector and researcher of Dorset music. Armstrong's score also used Dorset tunes.
And she's actually a musician too -- though admittedly more of a pop singer. Her classical / English folk music knowledge is limited.
Well, that explains a lot. Many (if not most) pop singers, with exceptions like Kate Bush and Björk, to name a couple, know nothing about classical music, much to the detriment of their music and their musical tastes.