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: 25 days, up to 08-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3603
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3476
Variety factor for this station is : 96.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 1675 Songs (48.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1075 MOST played songs (30.9% of the total)
or 1200 LEAST played songs (34.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6d 6h
10th most played song airs every: 8d 8h
1075th most played song only played once
1675th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3476 (100%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
112 after 5 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4193
..in 3 months: 12272, in 6 months: 23095
..in 9 months: 32714, in 12 months: 41620

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [4 plays] each for…
+ Darius Milhaud – Brazileira from Scaramouche suite
+ Giacomo Puccini – Nessun dorma (Turandot)
+ Richard Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
4= [3 plays] each for…
+ Erik Satie – Je te veux
+ Harold Arlen – Stormy Weather
+ Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
+ Lili Boulanger – Nocturne
+ Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 19 (3rd mvt)
+ Maurice Ravel – Introduction and Allegro
+ Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante defunte
+ Robert Lucas Pearsall – Lay a garland on her hearse
+ Thomas Tallis – If ye love me

Analysis: 24 days, up to 05-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4882
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1615
Variety factor for this station is : 33%

50% OF PLAYS is 334 Songs (20.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 182 MOST played songs (11.2% of the total)
or 1062 LEAST played songs (65.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 8h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 17h 8m
182nd most played song airs every: 4d 0h
334th most played song airs every: 4d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1383 (85.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
16 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1767
..in 3 months: 2596, in 6 months: 3368
..in 9 months: 4112, in 12 months: 4498

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [18 plays] Jules Massenet – Thais – meditation
2= [16 plays] each for…
+ Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque (3)
+ Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – Prelude to Act I
+ Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
+ Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings
+ Stanley Myers – Cavatina
7= [15 plays] each for…
+ Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (1)
+ Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
9= [14 plays] each for…
+ Vivaldi – Four Seasons Opus 8 – Concerto No.1 (Spring) (1)
+ Camille Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals (13)
+ Elgar – Chanson de matin Opus 15 No.2
+ Chopin – Nocturne in Eb major Opus 9 No.2
+ Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Greensleeves

Analysis: 23 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5456
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4016
Variety factor for this station is : 73.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 1289 Songs (32% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 695 MOST played songs (17.3% of the total)
or 1819 LEAST played songs (45.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3d 6h 51m
10th most played song airs every: 4d 14h 24m
695th most played song airs every: 11d 12h
1289th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4008 (99.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
135 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4828
..in 3 months: 8720, in 6 months: 11521
..in 9 months: 13747, in 12 months: 14999

Top 8 Most Played:

1= [7 plays] each for…
+ Ayoub Sisters, Guy Schalom, Giulio Romano Malaisi, Studio Orchestra, Mark Messenger – Sayed Darwish – El Helwa Di
+ Sarah Willis, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Jose Antonio Mendez Padron – Yuniet Lombida Prieto & Ernesto Oliva – Sarahcha
3= [6 plays] each for…
+ Chris Tolley – Chris Tolley – The Ballerina
+ Daniel Caine Orchestra – Joe Harnell – The Lonely Man Theme
+ Larkhall – Larkhall – Time of Flight
+ Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Colin Davis – Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin: Valse
+ Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner, Reid Jenkins – Taylor Swift – Carolina
+ Yo Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra – Vivaldi – Cello Concerto In B Flat, 3rd Mvt

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