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 of 54 days
from 11-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 7736
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 7379

Variety factor for this station is : 95.3%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 3512 Songs
(47.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
ALL OF THEM! – 7379 (100%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
93 after 47 DAYS!

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [5 plays]    Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
2 [4 plays]    Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
3 [4 plays]    Lili Boulanger – D’un matin de printemps
4 [4 plays]    Maurice Ravel – Jeux d’eau
5 [3 plays]    Franz Schubert – Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (4th mvt)
6 [3 plays]    Cecilia McDowall – Adoro te devote
7 [3 plays]    Igor Stravinsky – Symphonies of Wind Instruments
8 [3 plays]    Max Richter – On the Nature of Daylight
9 [3 plays]    Frank Bridge – Spring Song
10 [3 plays]    Alissa Firsova – Stabat Mater Op.30

Analysis of 55 days
from 10-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11215
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2038

Variety factor for this station is : 18.1%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 356 Songs
(17.4% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
1280 (62.8%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 44 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [38 plays]  Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
2 [36 plays]  Jules Massenet – Thais – meditation
3 [36 plays]  Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
4 [36 plays]  Edward Elgar – Chanson de matin Opus 15 No.2
5 [34 plays]  Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (1)
6 [34 plays]  Stanley Myers – Cavatina
7 [33 plays]  Edward Elgar – Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9)
8 [33 plays]  Johann Sebastian Bach – ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’
9 [31 plays]  Gabriel Faure – Pavane Opus 50
10 [31 plays]  Nino Rota – The Godfather – Love Theme

Analysis of 55 days
from 10-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 13392

Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 6122

Variety factor for this station is : 45.7%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 1441 Songs
(23.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
5782 (94.4%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
43 after 50 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [16 plays]  Philharmonia Orchestra, Yuri Simonov – Wagner – Lohengrin: Prelude, Act 3
2 [14 plays]  St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Andre Anichanov – Khachaturian – Masquerade: Waltz
3 [13 plays]  Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Chopin – Grande Valse Brillante
4 [13 plays]  The Band Of Hm Royal Marines – Phil Coulter – Home Away From Home
5 [13 plays]  Jodie Devos, Nicholas Kruger – Freddie Mercury – You Take My Breath Away
6 [13 plays]  London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn – TCHAIKOVSKY – SWAN LAKE – MAZURKA
7 [13 plays]  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly – Shostakovich – Tahiti Trot
8 [12 plays]  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons – Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
9 [11 plays]  12 Ensemble – Sigur Ros – Fljotavik
10 [11 plays]  City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Nic Raine – Alan Silvestri – Back To The Future – Main Theme

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