BBC Radio 3 to broadcast classical album chart: “Radio 3 is to broadcast a weekly chart of classical music for the first time in its history which will challenge “crusty old preconceptions”.
The station will devote part of its Tuesday breakfast show to discussing albums in the Classical Chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC)….
Co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch said it was “exciting news”.
“I’m looking forward to exploring the chart, and sharing my personal reflections on new arrivals and enduring bestsellers with Breakfast listeners,” she said.
(via BBC News.)
You can listen to the Radio 3 Breakfast Show live, over the internet, from 7-1oam (London time).
I’m not sure how I feel about this. At first I was into the idea. For one thing, the Breakfast show comes on in the early evening in Australia, where I am now, and late at night in San Francisco, where I’ll be shortly – times when I often listen to classical music – and I thought the Chart might help me keep in touch with what’s going on in the world of classical music. I love listening to classical music, but really don’t know much about it, and certainly am not “hip” within this world.
But charts have had such a deadening effect on pop music – and film, and fiction – that it seems like a bit of a worry. If all the Chart did, week after week, was confirm that people are still buying recordings of Beethoven symphonies and “The Four Seasons,” it would be a complete waste of time. On the other hand, there is a real need for something that exposes people to new “classical” music, broadens the scope of their listening and introduces them to important or groundbreaking new recordings of standard pieces – like Steven Isserlis’ recording of the Bach Cello Suites. We’ll see. I’m listening to it now.