Thursday, June 2, 2011

Two ways of serving breakfast

I found myself listening to breakfast-time radio for the first time in a long time this morning, and by coincidence in a short space of time both BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM played excerpts from Orff's Carmina Burana.
Wait, let's break off there for another pun, this time courtesy of Victor Lewis Smith on the telly many years ago:
You say Carm-ee-na, I say Carm-eye-na,
You say Bur-ah-na, I say Bur-ay-na,
Carm-ee-na Bur-ah-na,
Carm-eye-na Bur-ay-na,
Let's call the whole thing Orff.
Anyway, over on BBC Radio 3, Rob Cowan played us the orchestra-only "Tanz" followed by "Floret silva nobilis", then informed us it was the Eugen Jochum/Deutsche Oper Berlin recording. Perfectly normal classical radio presenter behavior. Not long before that, Marty Whelan on Lyric had given us "O Fortuna" prior to noting how it gets used a lot on X Factor and how some people say Simon Cowell has had work done and... that was the point I switched over to BBC, actually.
Radio 3 may have dumbed down in recent years but if you want really dumb, then Marty's your man.

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