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 it never drops as far as Classic FM which is bumping along the bottom after 3 weeks. 

Analysis: 40 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6625
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 6239
Variety factor for this station is : 94.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 2927 Songs (46.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1823 MOST played songs (29.2% of the total)
or 2208 LEAST played songs (35.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 5d 17h 8m
10th most played song airs every: 10d 0h
1823rd most played song only played once
2927th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 6236 (99.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
137 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4728
..in 3 months: 12948, in 6 months: 24204
..in 9 months: 33784, in 12 months: 42924

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [7 plays] each for…
+ Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante defunte
+ Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
3 [6 plays] Maurice Ravel – Jeux d’eau
4 [5 plays] Max Richter – On the Nature of Daylight
5= [4 plays] each for…
+ Arvo P¤rt – Spiegel im Spiegel
+ Claude Debussy – Syrinx
+ Emmanuel Chabrier – Espana – rhapsody
+ Fran§ois Couperin – Les Barricades Mysterieuses
+ John Dowland – Time Stands Still In Gazing On Her Face
+ Lili Boulanger – D’un matin de printemps
+ Percy Grainger – Handel in the Strand

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5291
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1462
Variety factor for this station is : 27.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 253 Songs (17.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 127 MOST played songs (8.6% of the total)
or 1000 LEAST played songs (68.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 5m
127th most played song airs every: 2d 18h 40m
253rd most played song airs every: 4d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1208 (82.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
11 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1540
..in 3 months: 2100, in 6 months: 2736
..in 9 months: 3182, in 12 months: 3641

Top 13 Most Played:

1= [26 plays] each for…
+ Gabriel Faure – Pavane opus 50
+ Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
+ Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Greensleeves
4= [25 plays] each for…
+ Jules Massenet – Thais – meditation
+ Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
6= [24 plays] each for…
+ Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No.2 in F major Opus 102 (2)
+ Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (1)
+ Edward Elgar – Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9)
+ Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43 (18)
10= [23 plays] each for…
+ Ennio Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe
+ Johann Sebastian Bach – Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV.1068 (2)
+ John Barry – Dances with Wolves – John Dunbar Theme
+ Nino Rota – The Godfather – Love Theme

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6458
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4848
Variety factor for this station is : 75%

50% OF PLAYS is 1620 Songs (33.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 835 MOST played songs (17.2% of the total)
or 2153 LEAST played songs (44.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3d 13h 42m
10th most played song airs every: 4d 4h
835th most played song airs every: 12d 12h
1620th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4837 (99.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
69 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 5518
..in 3 months: 10242, in 6 months: 14056
..in 9 months: 16943, in 12 months: 18866

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [7 plays] each for…
+ Benny Andersson – Benny Andersson And Bjorn Ulvaeus – Anthem
+ Keith Jarrett – Bach, CPE – Keyboard Sonata in A Flat, 2nd Mvt
3= [6 plays] each for…
+ Anthony De Mare – Thomas Newman – Not While I’m Around
+ George Shearing – Lerner & Loewe – On The Street Where You Live
+ John Williams – Sylvius Weiss – Fantaisie
+ John Wilson Orchestra, John Wilson – Jimmy Mchugh – On The Sunny Side Of The Street
+ Joyce DiDonato, Craig Terry – Giovanni Paisiello – Nel cor piu non mi sento arr. Craig Terry
+ Judy Loman – John Parry – Harp Sonata #2, 2nd mvt
+ Original Soundtrack Orchestra, Andre Previn – Andrew Lloyd Webber – John Nineteen: Forty One
+ Sandra Mogensen – Sofie Menter – Romance
+ The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips – Arvo Part – O Weisheit

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