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Re: The order of works on CD
Posted by Ralph Moore on June 23, 2016, 8:30 am, in reply to "The order of works on CD"
I think the answer is fairly simple, Ford: most people don't listen to CDs in the same manner or in the same frame of mind as when they go to a concert, nor perhaps do they necessarily listen all the way through. If a CD consists of a selection of pieces, I frequently pick what I specifically want to hear without re-programming - unless of course it's an opera or symphony with a logical structure and progression, but even then I might want to listen to a specific aria, scene or movement.
Furthermore, concert-organisers want to keep you in your seat until the end, hence the practice of using a newly commissioned, modern or "challenging" work as a curtain-raiser or slipping it in between two "plums" before the interval.
I also think you answer your own question; the work which is most likely to sell the CD must come first to attract the buyer. I am more exercised by the inappropriateness of some CD cover designs, which is a whole, entertaining topic in itself; I'm sure we all have some lulus on our shelves.
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