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: 27 days, up to 10-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4036
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3918
Variety factor for this station is : 97%

50% OF PLAYS is 1901 Songs (48.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1228 MOST played songs (31.3% of the total)
or 1345 LEAST played songs (34.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6d 18h
10th most played song airs every: 9d 0h
1228th most played song only played once
1901st most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3918 (100%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
123 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4334
..in 3 months: 12445, in 6 months: 23493

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [4 plays] Plainchant – Prayer and Dismissal
1= [4 plays] Richard Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
3= [3 plays] Aaron Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
3= [3 plays] Claude Debussy – L’isle joyeuse
3= [3 plays] Cosmo Sheldrake – Dawn Chorus
3= [3 plays] Franz Schubert – Symphony no.5 in B flat major D.485 (4th mvt)
3= [3 plays] James Wilson-Rhead – autotmesis
3= [3 plays] Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla – Deus in adiutorium
3= [3 plays] Maurice Ravel – La valse
3= [3 plays] Olivia Chaney – Roman Holiday
3= [3 plays] Sarah Jenkins – The Coming of Night

Analysis: 23 days, up to 10-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4673
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1548
Variety factor for this station is : 33.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 339 Songs (21.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 185 MOST played songs (11.9% of the total)
or 990 LEAST played songs (63.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 10h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
185th most played song airs every: 3d 20h
339th most played song airs every: 5d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1332 (86%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
18 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1681
..in 3 months: 2408, in 6 months: 3103

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [16 plays] Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
2= [15 plays] Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
2= [15 plays] Stanley Myers – Cavatina
4= [14 plays] Edward Elgar – Chanson de matin Opus 15 No.2
4= [14 plays] Francisco Tarrega – Recuerdos de la Alhambra
4= [14 plays] Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in Eb major Opus 9 No.2
4= [14 plays] Gabriel Faure – Pavane Opus 50
8= [13 plays] Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (1)
8= [13 plays] Ennio Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe
8= [13 plays] Gabriel Faure – Pelleas & Melisande Suite Opus 80 (3)
8= [13 plays] Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – Prelude to Act I
8= [13 plays] Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43 (18)

Analysis: 24 days, up to 10-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5797
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4103
Variety factor for this station is : 70.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 1205 Songs (29.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 708 MOST played songs (17.2% of the total)
or 1932 LEAST played songs (47% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 20h 18m
10th most played song airs every: 4d 19h 12m
708th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
1205th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4094 (99.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
109 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4761
..in 3 months: 8524, in 6 months: 10682

Top 15 Most Played:

1 [13 plays] Alexis Ffrench – Alexis Ffrench – Future Bright Ahead
2 [7 plays] Thibaut Garcia – Gerardo Matos Rodríguez – La Cumparsita
3= [6 plays] each for: Hakan Hardenberger, Simon Preston – Martini – Toccata, London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch – Glinka – Ruslan And Ludmilla – Overture, Orchestra Of Italian Switzerland, Howard Shelley – Haydn – Symphony #94 , 4th Mvt, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Colin Davis – Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin: Valse, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly – Shostakovich – Tahiti Trot, Soweto String Quartet – Sophiatown, Yo Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra – Vivaldi – Cello Concerto In B Flat, 3rd Mvt
10= [5 plays] each for: Abbott – Abbott – Kwibuw, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields, Neville Marriner – Boccherini – Minuet, Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra – Strauss Ii – Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Brian Wilson – The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice, David Baroni – Bill Withers – Lean On Me. Demian Dorelli – Nick Drake – Things Behind The Sun

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