Classical Stations

Here we go then, the classy end of the market, with a three way battle between the big guns… the BBC’s Radio 3, Global’s Classic FM and the new upstart from Bauer, Scala Radio. 

Interesting to see that Global even adopt their usual comparatively small playlist policy to their Classical station, just playing the most popular pieces, (albeit about 1000 more than they do on most of their pop stations!).

The new kids on the block, Bauer’s Scala, have definitely decided to park their tanks on the BBC Lawns and even beat Radio 3 on the number of distinct pieces played, even if they do tend to play more slightly shorter pieces, like Classic FM, and start off playing even MORE variety than Radio 3, though it does start to tail off slightly after about 10 days to 2 weeks, but never drops as far as Classic FM which is bumping along the bottom after 3 weeks. 

Analysis: 39 days, up to 16-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5569
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5395
Variety factor for this station is : 96.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 2611 Songs (48.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1683 MOST played songs (31.1% of the total)
or 1856 LEAST played songs (34.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6d 12h
10th most played song airs every: 13d 0h
1683rd most played song only played once
2611th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5394 (99.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
102 after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4152
..in 3 months: 12205, in 6 months: 23162
..in 9 months: 32942

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [6 plays] Darius Milhaud – Brazileira from Scaramouche suite
2= [4 plays] each for…
+ Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
+ Benjamin Britten – Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
4= [3 plays] each for…
+ Frederick Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
+ George Gershwin – The Man I Love
+ Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (I. Allegretto)
+ Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante defunte
+ Maurice Ravel – Tzigane
+ Osvaldo Golijov – 3 Songs for Soprano & String Orchestra: No. 2, Lúa Descolorida
+ Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser (Overture)
+ Thomas Tallis – If ye love me

Analysis: 36 days, up to 16-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7217
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1780
Variety factor for this station is : 24.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 331 Songs (18.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 182 MOST played songs (10.2% of the total)
or 1237 LEAST played songs (69.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 10h 33m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 19h 12m
182nd most played song airs every: 4d 0h
331st most played song airs every: 5d 3h 25m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1335 (75%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
10 after 35 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1680
..in 3 months: 2454, in 6 months: 3291
..in 9 months: 3781, in 12 months: 4254

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [25 plays] Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
2 [24 plays] Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
3 [23 plays] Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings
4= [22 plays] each for…
+ Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (1)
+ Edward Elgar – Chanson de matin Opus 15 No.2
+ Edward Elgar – Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9)
7= [21 plays] each for…
+ Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque (3)
+ Jules Massenet – Thais – meditation
9= [20 plays] each for…
+ Erik Satie – Gymnopedie No.1
+ Giacomo Puccini – The Humming Chorus
+ Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – Prelude to Act I
+ Johann Sebastian Bach – ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’
+ Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43 (18)
+ Stanley Myers – Cavatina

Analysis: 28 days, up to 16-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6816
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4625
Variety factor for this station is : 67.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 1342 Songs (29% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 774 MOST played songs (16.7% of the total)
or 2271 LEAST played songs (49.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2d 19h 12m
10th most played song airs every: 4d 16h
774th most played song airs every: 14d 0h
1342nd most played song airs every: 14d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4607 (99.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
102 after 27 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4850
..in 3 months: 8661, in 6 months: 11795
..in 9 months: 13389, in 12 months: 14430

Top 18 Most Played:

1 [10 plays] Alexis Ffrench – The Call of Spring
2= [8 plays] each for…
+ Orchestra Of Italian Switzerland, Howard Shelley – Haydn – Symphony #94 , 3rd Mvt
+ Studio Orchestra – Michael Giacchino – A Bat in the Rafters, Pt. 1
4= [7 plays] each for…
+ 12 Ensemble – Sigur Ros – Fljotavik
+ Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel – Zequinha de Abreu – Tico Tico No Fuba
+ John Williams, Julian Bream – Carulli – Rondo
+ Studio Musicians – Andrew T Mackay – Pondicherry Market
8= [6 plays] each for…
+ Academy Of St Martin In The Fields, Neville Marriner – Vaughan Williams – English Folksong Suite, 3rd Mvt
+ Cantus – Shinpei Nakayama – Sunayama
+ Chun-Young June – Clementi – Sonatina #3 In G, 3rd Mvt
+ David Baroni – Bill Withers – Lean On Me
+ London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Skeet – Gusty Garden Galaxy
+ London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Skeet – Legend Of Zelda – Suite
+ New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp – Charles Williams – The Devil’s Gallop
+ Rachel Portman – Rachel Portman – Emma: Piano Suite
+ Salut Salon – Khachaturian – Masquerade: Waltz
+ Slovak Philharmonic, Zdenek Kosler – Dvorak – Slavonic Dances Op.72 #1 In B Major
+ Zefiro Baroque Orchestra, Alfredo Bernardini – Handel – Royal Fireworks Music – La Rejouissance

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