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Re: Radio 3's 70th Birthday
Of course there is nothing wrong with educating an audience but Radio 3 tends to 'educate' in a didactic way - a sort of sit up and 'pay attention', a kind of lecture. And many don't like being lectured to. That's why Classic FM became so popular! Many now prefer the more casual mode of address (which Rob Cowan does quite well on Radio3's 'Essential Classics' informed but never talking down to audiences). But Radio 3, especially in Proms presentations, often mis-educates. In this years Proms I counted at least 45 errors: one example (in a BBC Proms programme) Mozart's last opera as the 'Magic Flute', when of course his last opera was 'La Clemenza di Tito'(1791). About 10 years ago I realised that presenters were merely reading from record (LP) notes; mostly EMI for some reason? And very often the information read was erroneous or simply out of date. If you really want to educate yourself musically there are plenty of excellent up to date books (or online), one being 'Philosophy of Modern Music' by Theodor W Adorno, a major European Musical/philosophical figure, hardly ever mentioned on Radio 3. I (for one) learnt more about vocal style, technique and harmony than anything Radio 3 could teach me, listening to Amy Winehouse, an incredible (London based) jazz singer (truly missed when she died age 27) who went global in sales and popularity; again hardly mentioned on Radio 3? ( and Amy was admired by 'classical' singers like Natalie Dessay). Another Radio 3 irritating habit: why, when talking about for instance Debussy's marvellous 'Fawn' piece, do they try so hard to get the French pronunciation right? It always sounds like a middle-class Brit trying to sound French. And it never comes off!
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