Jane, though I disagree with E.A.'s assessment of the audio engineering in this instance, there no question that for at least a couple of Proms this year (specifically Proms 1 and 4) there was a serious problem of heavy dynamic compression applied to all transmission modes. There have also been a couple of stretches (each of 2 to 3 days) when the HD Sound via the schedule and iPlayer page links was garbled. I do think such problems deserve raising and discussing here.
In the current instance I have a feeling that E.A. would not have been happy with the balance heard in the RAH either. Though the orchestra was large for a period band, it was directed with considerable delicacy, I thought.
But you are missing the point, Jane. The BBC would not pay the subsidy for these concerts if it did not broadcast them. Broadcasting is their business.
Oh, and I think Bryn might disagree with me whatever I said.
:doh:I'm getting a bit fed up with reading all these comments about how bad the radio sound is. If you don't like the sound on the radio, come in person to the concerts. And don't say that Yorkshire is too far away; we have regular Prommers from Germany, Sweden, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, to name but a few countries. If they can do it, so can you.
In this instance, however, I was not suggesting the engineering was necessarily at fault, merely expressing some disappointment that I could not make out more of the detail in the orchestral contribution, which as a period instrument and performance enthusiast I was very much looking forward to.
By the way, with one exception, the largest peaks during the broadcasts result from orchestral contributions, though admittedly it's a drum gives that boost.
One supposes that it hasn't occurred to them that regular Prommers from e.g. Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand must be on pretty good incomes to be able to attend the Proms on that basis? Or, for that matter, that unemployment in the NE here has for a long time been among the highest anywhere in the EU, while working hours nationwide are amongst the highest?
But one also supposes that wouldn't occur to someone who quotes their address as... Beckenham?
As I've said, I've been doing an enormous amount of reading and writing every day, and have nothing to be ashamed of as far as how I'm spending my summer. While I agree with you that broadcast quality should be kept high, I can't help but wonder what percentage of all this "concern" is mere nitpickery.