I'd just like to thank Sarah for a great programme this morning. A lovely selection of music for a beautiful summer's day.
I've only ever been on the forum twice before, both times to slag off R3 (once Rob's show, and the other the Schubert festival). I regretted it both times, I ended up feeling ignorant, stupid and mean. Never again! There was one piece which I didn't like this morning, but that's ok, it gave me the chance to make some coffee and stroke the cat.
This morning's beautiful performance and recording of the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Gewandhaus quartet certainly made my day.
At the moment EC is playing Mozart's Piano Concerto no 17 K. 453 (an essential classic if ever there was one), but I missed the intro and do you you think I can find out who's playing it.? The DAB radio just gives 'Mozart's Piano Concerto 453' and the iPlayer doesn't even mention it -- in fact 'More information' on that page is exactly the same as 'Less information'. So once again we have one of the all-time great pieces of music treated as aural wallpaper.
Is this deliberate? Is serious listening now reduced to a quiz -- guess who's playing this? Doh!
I noticed that the half-hour guest "chat " was over by just gone 10:45 this morning.... Sounds of dead horses being flogged, nothing more to play or talk about after 15 / 20 minutes
or maybe it's part of a phasing-out process?
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
And what is actually broadcast following the end of R3 Live in concert broadcasts? Is never announced anywhere until the very moment, and quite often more than half an hour's worth of music.
For me reasons hardly to listen to R3 "live" "as it happens" anymore. My spare time is too precious for that.