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: 34 days, from 22-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 5024
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4865
Variety factor for this station is : 96.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 2354 Songs (48.3% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1516 MOST played songs (31.1% of the total)
or 1675 LEAST played songs (34.4% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
4865 (100%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
113 after 8 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [5 plays] Samuel Barber – Adagio for strings
2= [3 plays] Aaron Copland – Clarinet concerto
2= [3 plays] Benjamin Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia
2= [3 plays] Claude Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
2= [3 plays] Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op 10
2= [3 plays] Edward Elgar – Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20
2= [3 plays] Georges Bizet – Symphony in C major (4th mvt)
2= [3 plays] Grace Williams – Sea Sketches
2= [3 plays] Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus (Overture)
2= [3 plays] Peter Maxwell Davies – Farewell To Stromness

Analysis: 36 days, from 20-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 7362
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1831
Variety factor for this station is : 24.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 356 Songs (19.4% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 192 MOST played songs (10.4% of the total)
or 1251 LEAST played songs (68.3% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
1371 (74.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
14 after 23 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1= [24 plays] Edward Elgar – Chanson de matin Opus 15 No.2 & Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
3= [22 plays] Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Johann Sebastian Bach – ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo and Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43 (18)
7 [21 plays] Jules Massenet – Thais – meditation
8= [20 plays] Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque and Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – Prelude to Act I
10= [19 plays] Camille Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals and Claude Debussy – Preludes Book 1 (8)

Analysis: 31 days, from 26-06-2021 to 27-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 7460
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4673
Variety factor for this station is : 62.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 1322 Songs (28.2% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 700 MOST played songs (14.9% of the total)
or 2487 LEAST played songs (53.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
4635 (99.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
89 after 28 DAYS

Top 13 Most Played:
1= [10 plays] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly – Shostakovich – Tahiti Trot & St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Andre Anichanov – Khachaturian – Masquerade: Waltz
3 [9 plays] Black Dyke Mills Band, Peter Parkes – Delibes – Les Filles De Cadix
4= [8 plays] Alexis Ffrench – Alexis Ffrench – The Climb, California Guitar Trio – Mason Williams – Classical Gas, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel – Zequinha de Abreu – Tico Tico No Fuba & Manu Delago, Studio Musicians – Manu Delago – Circadian
8= [7 plays] 12 Ensemble – Sigur Ros – Fljotavik, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields, Neville Marriner – Boccherini – Minuet, Philipp Thimm – AVAWAVES – Lucid Dreaming, Chun-Young June – Clementi – Sonatina #3 In G, 3rd Mvt, John Williams, Julian Bream – Carulli – Rondo and LOREENA McKENNITT and FRIENDS – BRIAN BORU’S MARCH

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