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ekimknarf: You are correct! There are a lot of great works that WQXR chooses to ignore, probably because they are "too long" to fit in with their Top 40 "classical lite" format. I have continually been asking them to play some of Bruckner's music, but you would think that I am asking the impossible. Really, would it be so disruptive to their schedule to occasionally play a piece that is longer than 30 minutes?
a brief follow up to the sentiments expressed in all three prior posts . . . it’s striking that there are only three, which would suggest that most listeners don’t even care enough to disagree . . . it would be useful to see some heated discussion of what QXR, and like minded stations, should play, but as long as no one cares enough to comment we’re doomed to hear more of the same old same old . . . i love the ninth symphony as much as anyone else but there are other great pieces waiting to be discovered; there really are
Notice that the "Request Hour" is only on a Friday now - I think the reason is that they are not getting enough requests for the "Top 40" selections that they want to play, and more requests for longer pieces or other pieces that they don't really want to play, so they limit the requests to one day per week.I also agree that the word "relaxing" is greatly overused on this station. Although classical music can be relaxing, it is far more than that, and should not be relegated to the category of mere background music.
i appreciate that the “standard repertoire” – both in the concert hall and on most concert music radio stations – runs, roughly, from bach to bartok, with the greatest concentration between mozart and mahler . . . when was the last time you heard QXR or any similar station play palestrina or elliot carter? . . . there also is a serious dearth of vocal music except for those programs specifically set aside for opera [perhaps set aside so that those who are allergic to the sound of trained voices can be sure to be elsewhere]
likely this is the music that resonates most with the core audience . . . still, though our devotion to the tried and true is understandable, we might all benefit from exposure to the unfamiliar . . . i suspect that part of the problem may be the idea that “classical” or “serious” music is music we can use for relaxation -- that term is really overused by announcers on these stations . . . but if that term “serious” is itself taken seriously shouldn’t we also be exposed to stuff that will excite and challenge?
Yes, the Beethoven Concerto no. 5 ("Emperor") is a time tested favorite, and lots of people no doubt request it, but familiarity breeds contempt, and it is one of those works that is played repeatedly on this station. Shouldn't the request hour leave some room for things that are out of the ordinary, and not on the Top 40 playlist that we hear over and over? I'll bet that there are requests for rarely played pieces that go unheeded because we have to keep the favorites coming.
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