Post by Andrew Clarke Post by Owen
I was so happy to see that
#8, "The Planets" includes Jupiter. At first I feared it had gone
missing. And I wasn't sure if it was just the music or the planet itself.
The ClassicFM audience may remember that they like a piece of music called "Jupiter", with that big tune in the middle - and let's be fair, it is a fine tune. They'll probably remember that it's from 'The Planets'. They may not remember that it's by Gustav Holst. Similarly, there may be quite a few people listening to the Nashville Symphony's Fashion Show who know that they like a big, slow tune for violins called "Agnus Dei" without remembering Samuel Barber.
Let's not be too hard on them,
Our local classical station (KQAC--AllClassical) in Portland does
something like this at New Year's--the Classical Countdown. Anyone can
vote for their 5 favorite works, and many of the pieces on the list are
also on ClassicFM's list. That's no surprise, for the reasons given in
this thread. Needless to say, #1 is either the Beethoven 9 or the New
World Symphony, at least for the last several years.
I think we need to remember that those on this newsgroup are, let's face
it, classical music nerds. Given the state of the culture today, I'm
just glad we HAVE a classical station to listen to, even if its playlist
is long on the over-familiar and short on anything challenging. I've
badgered the station manager to play more late Strauss, for example, and
have had some success, but I doubt we'll get any Feldman or Lachenmann
any time soon, After all, they do have to raise enough money to keep