Thanks, YBS, for a worthwhile "Listen to the Band" broadcast on 12 December. It included music of substance and all well performed.
I listen to the BBC stations via Internet streaming audio. I can either hear LTTB live (doesn't it always go out at 9:00pm GMT Friday evenings) or anytime the following week until the next broadcast of LTTB. The quality is usually pretty good (I play it on broad-band in stereo through an amplier and speakers, or headphones) - though some are better than others. In the same way I listen to a number of Radio 3 programmes. There's nothing to match the quality and variety of BBC programming on American radio.John Brooks said:Hi Brian:
Can you explain how you listened to YBS? Also, how did you know they were on in time to listen?
It wasn't the live "open" performance of Jupiter that you heard. In fact the whole program was recorded in just over an hour!!!! The band currently hold the record for the quickest recording session for Listen to the Band. (Most bands take 2 hours + !!!). But back to jupiter, it was recorded last in the session i think, and after an hours non-stop playing "giving it your all" the band were sounding quite tired.Brian Bowen said:In fact I listened again to "Jupiter" on the YBS broadcast, seeing that they won the "Open" with it. It failed to thrill me, I'm afraid. The tempos seemed quite cautious at times and the actual transcription produced occasional oddities of balance. I guess the truth of the matter is, the vivid original orchestration just spoils you for anything else.