Tom Fine: My general beef about classical FM radio has always been an
over-reliance on chamber music.
You're talking the best of Beethoven, the best of Schubert, and much of
Mozart and Brahms and Shostakovich. How could you possibly think that!?
It is true however that they "over-play Baroque" -- with the exception of
Bach, of whom there's never enough. Baroque is considered harmless music
for the carriage trade that tends to support public radio but isn't really
into music that much.
On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> My general beef about classical FM radio has always been an over-reliance
> on chamber music. It may be that the orchestral music is played at times of
> the day I don't tune in, but especially NPR-afflilated classic stations
> seem to over-play Baroque and other era small-ensemble music. This is not
> to my taste, so I usually choose my own music collection over FM radio for
> classical music. One notable exception was the Syracuse NY NPR station in
> the early 90s. Back when I lived in transmission range, I'd often tune in
> and here them playing newly-released Mercury CDs. Needless to say, I
> donated generously and let the program director know how much I enjoyed
> hearing the flood of great orchestral recordings then coming out on CD. As
> I recall, that station mercifully relegated chamber music to overnights and
> very early morning. WHen most people were tuned in, it was mostly
> orchestral music, and an excellent variety at that. No bias against
> American music or 20th Century music. It's hard to believe it was only 20+
> years ago, but there was still a very vibrant classical recording scene in
> the US and Europe at the time. And it was the golden era of CD reissues, so
> there was a huge variety of music coming in from the record companies each
> -- Tom Fine
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> I would say that the two cities that most surprisingly have decent CM
>> stations are Miami/Broward and Las Vegas.
>> NYC sucks!
>> On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 18/05/2014, Lou Judson wrote:
>>> > Perhaps you will find one or two here:
>>> > <http://www.kdfc.com/> Hoyt Smith isn't bad.
>>> > The one remaining Bay Area classical station. Now available
>>> > planet-wide on the internets.
>>> BBC Radio 3 announcers are mostly OK. They do know how to pronounce the
>>> names of composers.
>>> Sarah Mohr-Peitch is excellent, I think.
>>> Don Cox
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