Radio Swiss Classic Review
This is not your father’s classical music station. Radio Swiss Classic is a child of the Internet age – a music-only (no news) station run by a major broadcaster (in this case SRG SSR idée Suisse) that is only available via the Internet.
I started listening to Internet radio over 10 years ago and it was, at that point, a well-established medium as regular Internet radio broadcasts had begun as far back as 1994. Radio Swiss Classic recently became one of my favorite radio stations to listen to.
Radio Swiss Classic broadcasts in three languages, French, German, and Italian, which represents its parent company’s listener base in Switzerland. Don’t worry if you don’t speak one of these languages. You can still enjoy its programming.
The announcers limit their comments to an announcement of the specific selection to be played, providing the title, the composer, and the ensemble or performer. There are no commercials.
A typical hour of programming includes works by a wide range of artists. Recently, pieces by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Johann Christian Bach, Niccolò Paganini, Joseph Haydn, Mauro Giuliani, Antonio Vivaldi, Juan Chrisóstomo de Arriaga, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Vitezslav Novak all fit within one hour. Indeed, it’s amazing how much music can be played if all of the extraneous commentary is eliminated.
Radio Swiss Classic involves its listeners in determining its programming. Listeners can participate in a music jury that chooses a selection each day that will be played on the air. The Web site (only in French, German, and Italian) provides detailed information about each selection and shows when it will be on the air again as well.
There’s even an iPhone app that allows one to listen to the station, review the playlist, and even find concerts playing the same pieces in Switzerland. Users can also purchase titles directly from iTunes.
Tune in now – www.radioswissclassic.ch
–Paul Riegler is associate editor for technology at Executive Road Warrior