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The Coffee Bar / The Coffee House
« on: August 07, 2010, 03:40:53 pm »

Suggestions / Musical dialogue?
« on: August 04, 2010, 05:07:09 pm »
Would it be possible to create a musical dialogue here in the R3OK forum?

World Music / Archive
« on: August 03, 2010, 05:57:19 pm »
The World Music Archive is excellent!

Announcements / Moderator Inaction
« on: July 27, 2010, 08:11:34 pm »

News and Current Affairs / Unsafe as houses
« on: July 14, 2010, 02:24:38 pm »
'The Financial Times' leads today as unsafe as houses, commenting on how shockingly cavalier mortgage lending has become over recent years.

The UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) may now be on death row, but the FSA points out that roughly half of all mortgages processed between 2007 and 2010 have been self-certified, arguably a form of subprime lending, as 46 per cent cannot really meet their living costs after mortgage payments are deducted from their incomes. Had the FSA pointed out these risks during the property boom, it could, conceivably, have been a better regulator. What is striking is that lending became even riskier during the recent credit crunch.

Nevertheless, the FT remains sceptical of paternalistic policy, and concludes that " ... lenders and borrowers should be allowed to enter risky contracts when all sides understand the risks and back them with enough capital."

Proms / Archive
« on: July 05, 2010, 01:45:10 pm »
The BBC has just launched the first live version of its Proms Archive (BETA), and although its search facility is not yet working perfectly, it is at least now possible to collect feedback and identify problems online:

If you spot any errors, you could email, although quite a few anomalies have already been identified:

1. Some orchestrators and arranges are incorrectly classified as performers - we are working through this problem as a priority.

2. An anomaly in the search script means that searching for work names containing punctuation is difficult. So, for example, to find Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', entering 'Midsummer Night's' or 'Midsummer Nights' will yield no results. 'Midsummer Night' will return the correct result set. We recommend searching via the composer tab whenever possible.

3. We are hoping to release a set of editorial annotations to clarify certain irregularities within the database.

Today's 'Times' comments on the growth in popularity of the composer Gustav Mahler at the proms during the course of the twentieth century (currently ranked 37th with 326 performances), but I was surprised, historically, that Richard Wagner so dominated the Proms Archive, with 5935 performances against Beethoven's 2820.

Classical / Haydn explosiv
« on: June 29, 2010, 07:00:31 pm »
We enjoyed this explosive exhibition, although why are Haydn's operas so rarely performed?

If you cannot make it to Schloss Esterházy, here it is on youtube:

The Opera House / Music Matters - Opera Special
« on: June 05, 2010, 12:30:36 pm »

This is very interesting.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / CE St Davids Cathedral
« on: June 03, 2010, 06:35:33 pm »
I should perhaps confess that I sometimes turn BBC Radio 3 (R3) off when Choral Evensong (CE) is on.  This year, we had planned to be in St David's for their summer Festival, but alas, we have now missed CE, and what is left of the Festival? Nevertheless, everyone reading R3OK is cordially invited to join us for what remains of the final weekend.

If you cannot make it in person, do not worry.  Some of it will eventually be broadcast on Radio 3.  R3 broadcasts CE live from St David's this week, and this year, the service starts with the festival commission by David Bednall, "O lux beata Trinitas'.

If you never listen to Choral Evensong, here it is on the BBC iPlayer:

Radio / People Snogging in Public Places
« on: May 11, 2010, 11:39:19 am »
BBC Radio 3 won only one Sony last night, as 'People Snogging in Public Places' took the drama category.  It was quite funny, really!

How many other people caught it, let alone snogged in public places?

Radio / Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010
« on: May 10, 2010, 02:15:56 pm »
Last May, the radio critic Paul Donovan correctly forecast that BBC Radio 3 would be crowned UK Station of the Year 2009.

According to last year's judges, "Radio 3 has sustained a particularly strong schedule of appealing breadth, with a subtle combination of challenging and accessible material that is presented in a thoroughly entertaining manner."

It is worth noting that Radio 4 won in 2008 and Classic FM in 2007.  As I have listened to all these radio stations (and many others), on occasion, what I wonder is whether there really was anything special about Classic FM in 2006, Radio 4 is 2007, Radio 3 in 2008 or indeed, any of tonight's contenders, to differentiate them in these particular years.  On the Friends of Radio 3 Blog, the blogger 'Eusebius' longs for the days when " ... Radio 3 didn’t aspire to winning anything in these media-centred, publicity-oriented awards."

It may be the case that Radio 3 should be in a (world) class of its own, but it is still part of the media, so two evenings out at the Grosvenor House and Dorchester, for the Sonys tonight and the RPS tomorrow night respectively, could still be worth the effort.

Who knows?

P.S.   Not me, at least not as yet.  Nevertheless, if you want to hear the Sony winners announced, there will be a live webcast from 18:45 (tonight) through the following link:

As for the Dorchester, the 2010 RPS Awards will be broadcast from 19:00 on Wednesday evening's Performance on 3:

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