Thank you and goodbye to classic radio


For CBC Radio 2 listeners, it was a week of sad farewells. From this Tuesday, the old classics of the week will be gone, and with them, most of the animators who have become our friends and companions. They helped us cook and clean, take care of the kids, fight traffic, and cheer us up for the working day. Now is the time to thank them.

No one was indifferent to Jurgen Gothe! Unique and chimerical, he could irritate but also delight. Flautist Kathleen Rudolph, heard on a version of the Disk reader theme, writes: “Disc Drive quickly became my favorite radio program as I was driving my kids to their extracurricular activities or while cooking dinner with the family. My husband jokes that the radios in our house can only receive one station – CBC Radio 2. I join Canadians across the country and listeners around the world in marking the end of an era on CBC Radio as we bid farewell to Disk reader, with its fire stations, its cats, its workshop below and its large quantities of good food and vintage wines. “

Catherine Bélya from Here for you will be remembered for his warm personal connection to the applicants and their stories. Gene Ramsbottom, Principal Clarinet of the CBC Radio Orchestra, tells one of these stories. Two years ago he suffered a heart attack. As he walked away from the hospital, his wife Maureen heard a recording of him playing with the orchestra on Here for you and was so moved that she had to stop and cry. Recently, to commemorate this day and their anniversary, she requested the same recording, and it was released. Unfortunately, the program and the orchestra will soon be gone.

Eric Friesen on Studio sparks had a special gift for showing musicians both as artists and as people. Her talks with the Gryphon Trio, Adrienne Pieczonka and James Ehnes were unforgettable, and the series The Concerto according to Manny (Emanuel Ax) was quite simply the best radio I have ever heard.

I also learned from Rick Phillips Sound advice. Thanks to him, I know better what to listen to when comparing performances; I enjoy the movement of period instruments better and even serial music – it’s not an easy sale; I have become a more sophisticated listener. And while it looks pretty dry, I found myself crying on his last show.

On Choral concert, Howard Dyck’s love and understanding for choral music and backing vocals set the tone. This music is clearly his life, and he is spreading the feeling. He will be sorely missed.

that of Danielle Charbonneau Music for a while has been gone for over a year, but people still say how much they miss her – her charm, her kindness, her accent, her perfect musical choices to unwind after a stressful day.

Then there’s Tom Allen from Music & Company – lively, irreverent (“cage matches” between classical compositions) and off-topic (the adventures and misadventures of his hockey Vultures), but offering splendid classical music. It could be like “that wonderful first shake of coffee or tea that makes our brains work in the morning.” In fact, you have top priority in my kitchen: I press the power button on the radio before I even turn on the lights. or plug in the kettle. ”(Julia Mah). He, unlike the others, will still be there, but in a hodge-podge format. For some listeners, that will still be goodbye. Mah continues,“ Sorry to say that even if you stay to pilot the September mix, I won’t listen … “

Such a range of personalities and styles, such a range of music (including serious jazz, world and classical pop), all held together by a cohesive philosophy, has created a family of intensely loyal listeners. If you meet another Radio 2 fan, you feel a connection.

0 So what has changed? A new top management with little connection to the classical world has been appointed. The idea that complex and enduring music can have special value has been dismissed as elitist. Older listeners have been made redundant, although the population ages and people often move into classical music with age. The many young listeners – like most of the 16,000 members of the Save Classical Music at CBC Facebook site – have been ignored. The new lineup threatens a jarring clash of incompatible styles, an unwieldy mix that won’t be “home” to anyone. We are worried about the future of Radio-Canada.

But today we are focusing on old friends. Thank you to all of you.

Miriam Mittermaier is a member of

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