"James Jolly seems to have an extraordinarily patronising view of his audience. A few weeks ago, I noted that he wouldn't dream of playing us any Elliott Carter since "at this time in the morning" (11:30, I think) it would be too scary, and this morning in his preface to Webern's Im Sommerwind we were treated to some rigmarole about how we shouldn't immediately rush out to do our shopping since this wasn't the scary Webern but the (presumably) family-friendly one who hadn't met Schoenberg yet. After the piece, he added some gnomic comment about the different path that would have been taken by 20th C music had they not met - "for better or worse" I think he said. The implication was obscure but possibly he thinks the world would have been a better place if Webern had carried on writing like Richard Strauss.
"Have we really got to the stage that Radio 3 cannot risk playing the music of some of the world's greatest composers before the afternoon?There are many people like me who really sit up and listen when something more challenging than the Marche Slave or the Offenbach Barcarolle comes on. The attitude that no-one need fear hearing something they won't like is frankly a disgrace - if a majority of listeners don't like some of the music written 100 years ago, then don't play it very often - rather than the current philosophy which appears to be 'don't play it at all'. "
Now, that appears to me to be brusque if you like, but I don't consider that I have been offensive.