And there’s the potential pitfall, with a musical dialogue programme like this, of the presenters sounding a bit like tedious music snobs arguing over the stereo at a celebration. Fortunately the seasoned music radio DJ Cerys Matthews was a star right here, remembering to maintain steering the dialog again spherical to the listener.
Add to Playlist did sound uncannily like music radio, maybe 6 Music particularly, at occasions. Boakye kicked issues off on the prime, as an example, by saying “let’s do that”. Not your typical Radio 4 introduction, however then possibly that’s the purpose; that is a part of an try by Radio 4 controller Mohit Bakaya to freshen issues up. If it could actually quiet down, discover its fashion and hold the deal with how the music is made, it ought to fortunately occupy the musical hole in Radio 4’s arts protection.
However Radio 4 shouldn’t suppose they’ve invented the artwork of discussing music in a culturally intellectual manner. Over on Radio 3, Between the Ears: An Orkney Tapestry (Sunday, Radio 3) effortlessly confirmed how one can be daring, artistic and culturally genre-crossing. Composer Erland Cooper and violinist Daniel Pioro set off on a musical pilgrimage round Orkney to commemorate the literary achievements of George Mackay Brown, taking part in music among the many brochs and rock formations, sheep and singing seals of the coast. It was wild and provoking.
In the meantime, a way more assured begin to Radio 4’s new arts strand was the inaugural episode of This Cultural Life (Radio 4, Saturday), a long-form interview collection by which John Wilson will communicate to cultural figures about their artistic course of, inspirations and experiences. The primary visitor was Kenneth Branagh, partly there to plug his new movie, Belfast, but additionally speaking about his early recollections of efficiency, his love of Shakespeare, and what it was wish to carry out on the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.