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Internet Radio Show: Live! At The Concertgebouw

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There is a gem in the world of public broadcasting in the form of this splendid annual series of broadcasts of live performances by the mighty Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. This should be treasured as one of the remaining examples of quality live performance broadcasts. With the high cost of production, recording, rights and other expenses involved in live broadcasts, many orchestras that had regular weekly broadcasts have ceased doing so. There was a time when the classical listener could count on regular broadcasts by orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, others as well, but many of these have disappeared - to the dismay of the vast audience that enjoys hearing them.

For years Radio Nederland has produced many recordings for distribution to radio stations throughout the world, often on a monthly basis, as well as special programming and festivals. In earlier decades these were on cumbersome LP record transcriptions, later on open-reel tape was the format. But now all that is in the past; programs are now sent either via satellite to stations or on special CDs for stations that might not have satellite technology. Of course the quality is far superior to what was heard in the past - pure digital all the way - to the delight of listeners and stations.

The distinguished Live! at the Concertgebouw is a 13-week radio series of live Concertgebouw performances distributed in the Spring via satellite to stations, which is when most stations throughout the country carry it live - although many record the concerts for later broadcast; some stations carry the program beginning with the Fall season. More than 300 stations carry the series, which is produced by Radio Nederland in cooperation with the Orchestra and a Dutch domestic radio partner, AVRO. WCLV distributes the programs via satellite beginning the first week in April. Few stations carry the satellite transmissions live. Most make a digital rec


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