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Maybe they do it from their back bedroom......
That did occur to me. It would certainly save costs.
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I have also noticed that the sound quality on Classic FM is much better when music or adverts are being played, but seems abysmal when the presenters are speaking; as if using a very low bit rate link. I even wonder whether these programmes are presented from remote studios, hence the loss of audio quality.

However, the extreme compression applied to music during some of their peak time broadcasts is unforgivable.
One thing I do notice with Classic FM, they don't seem able to read a clock. On the breakfast slot, the announcer often gets it wrong. This morning, he said, "Now, at 16 minutes to 9.." Panic! I got up, looked at my clock... it was 16 minutes to 8! Another day, it was the other way.

Perhaps that indicates back bedroom - no clock...
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One thing I do notice with Classic FM, they don't seem able to read a clock. On the breakfast slot, the announcer often gets it wrong. This morning, he said, "Now, at 16 minutes to 9.." Panic! I got up, looked at my clock... it was 16 minutes to 8! Another day, it was the other way.

Perhaps that indicates back bedroom - no clock...
Without doubt I'm sure most of their programmes are pre-recorded. They have already decided what music they want to play so they may well be doing it from the back room.

(Just request a specific piece of organ music and no matter what you ask for you will get that wretched Widor. )

But if the Presenter makes the mistake of looking at their wristwatch .....
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Without doubt I'm sure most of their programmes are pre-recorded. They have already decided what music they want to play so they may well be doing it from the back room.

(Just request a specific piece of organ music and no matter what you ask for you will get that wretched Widor. )

But if the Presenter makes the mistake of looking at their wristwatch .....
I like Widor!

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(Just request a specific piece of organ music and no matter what you ask for you will get that wretched Widor. )
I think I've mentioned before that my personal bÍte noire is the wretched snivelling 'Spiegel im spiegel' by Arvo 'Fart' - that and the equally dire 'Concierto de Aranjuez' by Rodrigo. I don't listen to CFM anymore because they seem to incessantly play those pieces when I select the station.

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I like Arvo Part . But I agree CFM's playlist is somewhat limited. Like Radio 2 it gets better in the evenings, but not much!
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I get thoroughly fed up with Tim L...what's his name playing four 'patriotic' pieces frequently: Coates' Dambusters' March; Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Crown Imperial (I hate that!); and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance No 1. Played once or twice, fine; but done to death! Just as if they are trying to brainwash the listeners. We aren't supposed to be a totalitarian state - yet. We don't need constant 'patriotic' pieces drilled into us.
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Your comment says it all Ian, as if the Toccata from Widor's 5th was the only music that Widor ever wrote.

There is nothing particularly wrong with hearing the Widor Toccata once in a while, although music scholars will tell you that in terms of composition it has very little substance; a point which Widor himself was happy to admit. (As its name implies, Widor wrote the 'Toccata' very much as a 'party piece' for showing off, not intended for serious listening. Widor also played it much more slowly then we hear it today.)

Interestingly, music scholars say much the same about JS Bach's well known Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565). However, that is not my point.

Both Bach and Widor wrote a lot of other, much better organ music which is never, ever heard on Classic FM. Widor's 6th for example is a really stonking piece, (and is very tricky to play), which if better known would almost certainly replace the Toccata from Widor's 5th as a favourite.

Interestingly, the Toccata from Widor's 5th is preceded by a sublime adagio, which again is very rarely broadcast, and certainly never on CFM.

In terms of organ music there are many wonderful pieces written by composers such as Alain, Franck, Faure, Mozart, Vierne, Stanford, Reubke, Liszt, and Howells, just to name a few.

Classical music should be about exploring new music and styles, not seeking comfort in the same favourites hour after hour. Would anyone listen to Radio 2 if they played the same music every hour, year after year?
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In terms of organ music there are many wonderful pieces written by composers such as Alain, Franck, Faure, Mozart, Vierne, Stanford, Reubke, Liszt, and Howells, just to name a few.

Classical music should be about exploring new music and styles, not seeking comfort in the same favourites hour after hour. Would anyone listen to Radio 2 if they played the same music every hour, year after year?
Personally I like Mozart's Requiem. But I wouldn't want to hear it every day!

Or maybe discomfort, as the case may be! I am not a fan of shall we call it ethnic music, but I have a number of CDs of mid European, Cuban, and Argentinian music, which I find a very pleasing listen. Have you heard Mercedes Sosa singing? A unique voice, which I find really inspiring. Real Cuban music is not like Mexican popular music, but quite sophisticated - try Frank Emilio Flynn. And I have a record (yes, one of those!) called "Hamborg an de Waterkant", seamen's songs, and songs from the Reeperbahn clubs of the 30s up to the 50s. Brilliant!
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Try Radio 3, it's much less pompous than it used to be .
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Radio 3, pompous??? NEVER!
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Well now that the irritating Rob "and now ... Mozart" Cowan has gone back to Classic FM and has been replaced weekday mornings by Ian Skelly it's definitely on the up .
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Try Radio 3, it's much less pompous than it used to be .
As long as we are not subjected to one of their dreadful 'Vacuum Cleaner' symphonies; and I don't mean Dyson in D.
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Re: Lousy TV sound

The criticisms of Classic FM mentioned above were valid 20 years ago and persuaded me to go back to the Today program on Radio 4 on my 50 minute commute to work. However before I switched to the Today program CFM did introduce me to new music.

CFM's best program was the recording of the bird song that was used to test out the coverage of the CFM transmitters prior to getting a license to broadcast.

We had a visitor from Switzerland at the birdsong time and he also saw the rows of cars lined up facing the sea listening to the CFM tests. He is convinced that is the UK's unique leisure pastime.
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Radio 3's Sunday breakfast has a sequence of natural world sounds sometime between 8am and 8:30, called Sounds of the Earth. Mixed with some suitable music it can often be quite beautiful. A good way to start Sunday morning!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03xx3t7
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