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: 28 days, up to 20-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4370
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4092
Variety factor for this station is : 93.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 1908 Songs (46.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1179 MOST played songs (28.8% of the total)
or 1457 LEAST played songs (35.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9d 8h
10th most played song airs every: 9d 8h
1179th most played song only played once
1908th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4092 (100%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
121 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4374
..in 3 months: 12516, in 6 months: 23027

Top 15 Most Played:
1= [3 plays] Claude Debussy – La fille aux cheveux de lin (Preludes, Book 1)
1= [3 plays] Edgar Bainton – And I saw a new Heaven
1= [3 plays] Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 9, ‘Nimrod’)
1= [3 plays] Edward Elgar – Salut d’amour
1= [3 plays] Federico Mompou – Muñeira (Suite compostelana)
1= [3 plays] Francis Poulenc – Oboe Sonata
1= [3 plays] George Gershwin – Oh, Lady Be Good (Arr. for Saxophone Quartet)
1= [3 plays] Gustav Mahler – Blumine
1= [3 plays] Josquin des Prez – Adieu mes amours
1= [3 plays] Maurice Ravel – La Valse
1= [3 plays] Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
1= [3 plays] Thomas Tallis – Spem in alium
1= [3 plays] Trad. – Tsintskaro
1= [3 plays] Traditional – Tarantella Italiana
1= [3 plays] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Magic Flute (Overture)

Analysis: 28 days, up to 20-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5723
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1648
Variety factor for this station is : 28.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 329 Songs (19.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 175 MOST played songs (10.6% of the total)
or 1105 LEAST played songs (67% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 13h 20m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 18h
175th most played song airs every: 4d 0h
329th most played song airs every: 5d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1342 (81.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
13 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1662
..in 3 months: 2422, in 6 months: 3111

Top 12 Most Played:
1= [18 plays] Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1 1= [18 plays] Edward Elgar – Chanson de matin Opus 15 No.2
1= [18 plays] Jules Massenet – Thais – meditation
1= [18 plays] Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
1= [18 plays] Stanley Myers – Cavatina
6= [17 plays] Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque (3)
6= [17 plays] Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
6= [17 plays] Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43 (18)
9= [16 plays] Antonio Vivaldi – Guitar Concerto in D major RV.93 (2)
9= [16 plays] Francisco Tarrega – Recuerdos de la Alhambra
9= [16 plays] Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in Eb major Opus 9 No.2
9= [16 plays] Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – Prelude to Act I

Analysis: 28 days, up to 20-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6871
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4651
Variety factor for this station is : 67.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 1352 Songs (29% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 780 MOST played songs (16.7% of the total)
or 2290 LEAST played songs (49.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3d 2h 40m
10th most played song airs every: 4d 16h
780th most played song airs every: 14d 0h
1352nd most played song airs every: 14d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4637 (99.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
84 after 27 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4855
..in 3 months: 8306, in 6 months: 10466

Top 14 Most Played:
1 [9 plays] Alexis Ffrench – Thank You
2= [8 plays] London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn – TCHAIKOVSKY – SWAN LAKE – MAZURKA
2= [8 plays] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly – Shostakovich – Tahiti Trot
4= [7 plays] Chun-Young June – Clementi – Sonatina #3 In G, 3rd Mvt & John Williams, Julian Bream – Carulli – Rondo
6= [6 plays] Anthony Camden, London Virtuosi, John Georgiadis – Albinoni – Oboe Concerto In B Flat Major, 1st Mvt
6= [6 plays] Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler – Khachaturian – Sabre Dance
6= [6 plays] Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow – Fenland Flyer, David Baroni – Bill Withers – Lean On Me, Lucinda Moon, Natasha Kraemer, Sophie Gent, Genesis Baroque – Corelli – Concerto Grosso #8, 2nd Mvt, Mike Batt – Bright Eyes
6= [6 plays] New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp – Charles Williams – The Devil’s Gallop
6= [6 plays] Scottish Chamber Orch, J Laredo – Rossini – William Tell Overture Conclusion
6= [6 plays] Studio Musicians, Alfred Newman – Richard Rodgers – South Pacific – Overture

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