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While I agree with you, Clark, Tom's observation isn't inaccurate by any means.  Of the composers you've mentioned, I think in each case, their Symphonies are more popular than their chamber music to the general public.  You may remember "The Music Bluffer's Guide", a small book which came out in the early '70s which, amongst other things, gave tongue in cheek definitions to musical terms.  It defined "Chamber music" as "music for a small number of listeners".

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On Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:29:36 PM, Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
 

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>Tom Fine: My general beef about classical FM radio has always been an
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>Noooo!
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>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!?
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>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.
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>On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
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>> 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
>> month.
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>> -- Tom Fine
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>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Clark Johnsen" <[log in to unmask]
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>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:23 PM
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>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] classical announcers, was Future of CDs
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>>  I would say that the two cities that most surprisingly have decent CM
>>> stations are Miami/Broward and Las Vegas.
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>>> NYC sucks!
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>>> clark
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>>> On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>>  On 18/05/2014, Lou Judson wrote:
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>>>> > Perhaps you will find one or two here:
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>>>> > <http://www.kdfc.com/> Hoyt Smith isn't bad.
>>>> > The one remaining Bay Area classical station. Now available
>>>> > planet-wide on the internets.
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>>>> BBC Radio 3 announcers are mostly OK. They do know how to pronounce the
>>>> names of composers.
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>>>> Sarah Mohr-Peitch is excellent, I think.
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>>>> Regards
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>>>> Don Cox
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