I haven't been in here for a while - just to add another strand to the 'Essential Classics is crap' debate, I'm surprised not to find a criticism of the increasingly inexplicable 'celeb' guests inflicted upon listeners. The other week I had the programme on and to my horror the feisty-voiced Sarah Walker announced proudly her guest was 'one of the most famous Welshman in the world, "Baron" Kinnock'. I nearly vomited on the spot! WHAT ON EARTH did they think having this ghastly old politico windbag and overpaid EU commissar would do for this lamentable show? I daresay he could dredge up one or two feeble and thoroughly spurious thoughts about classical music in between Sarah's unctuous oodles of hero-worship (is she insane or what?), but - really! And this week I gather it's the general manager of Cheltenham Race Course - a well-known figure in the world of music, if there ever was one!
I sent a blistering email of complaining about Kinnock, who is I would think THE LAST PERSON anyone would want foisted upon them on what's supposed to be a music programme, and I hope a few others did, too, but I don't suppose it will have any effect. I can only conclude that Roger Wright, who used to seem like quite a reasonable sort of person, has finally completely taken leave of his senses in the intoxication of total power! I think it's very sad that someone of real knowledge and discrimination in music like Rob Cowan should lend his support to this rubbish - but I suppose he has a family to support, or something.
It's really depressing what has happened to Radio 3. Do you think any of them ever come to this site to hear what people really think about their dismal efforts? Is there any hope?