Wednesday 7 December 2016

Seduced by sound of masters at work

Published 14/10/2006 | 00:11

There are three music programmes on RTE to which, I confess, I am addicted. I regard them as models of broadcasting: elegant, authoritative and attractive. The last attribute, possibly the most important, is habit forming. One can admire elegance, bow to the authority of good preparation and good research, but unless one is drawn in - unless the seductive force is there - a ra

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There are three music programmes on RTE to which, I confess, I am addicted. I regard them as models of broadcasting: elegant, authoritative and attractive. The last attribute, possibly the most important, is habit forming. One can admire elegance, bow to the authority of good preparation and good research, but unless one is drawn in - unless the seductive force is there - a radio broadcast can easily be passed over.

Only one of the three is a Lyric FM programme. This is Tim Thurston's Gloria on Sunday mornings, that runs from 8.30am to 10.30am. Time, and I hope popularity, have expanded the slot to its current two hours. This is a challenge for the presenter, despite the huge resource of choral music, to sustain listeners' interest, not just for those two hours, but for the way the programme ranges through the centuries, from early plainsong to modern choral works.

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