For the umpteenth time this season, I have tuned in to listen to a piece to have chat leading from the preceding piece, into a chat about je ne sais quoi into the inevitable interviewette 'I got in rehearsal this afternoon' into further chat with another Z-list 'expert' 'celeb' no doubt taking a fee for the 'chat-ette' etc before huzza! Soloist walks on and we start, except that I know I am bracing myself for the chat that at the end leads out of this piece into.....well, you get the picture.
[a] if I already know the piece, the surrounding persiflage is dully banal, and I am impatient for the music
[b] if I do not know the music, then I can't see why a chat-ette with whoever is of much importance and I am impatient for the music?
Either way, I simply cannot see what the Proms Team hopes a listener with some / no knowledge will gain out of this rigmarole apart from providing paid employment for anonymous chatters.
If I do know the piece / artist in some way, then the talk is pretty superfluous, and so often just so much air and bubbles. If I do not know the piece, then I am being conned into thinking that what is being said is important.
I just turned off. Well, I thought, this is so annoying. I can LA it and cut out the dross. Why listen to it live? And then I thought, but if a lot of people think like this, where is R3 going? I've heard a lot saying it, but this Proms season has really made me wonder: their presentation is now actively so regularly getting in the way of the core product, that I wonder if THEY have actually lost sight of what the 'product' is?
Or am I just the wrong kind of listener?