Euroclassic Notturno

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Euroclassic Notturno is a six-hour sequence of classical music recordings assembled by BBC Radio from material supplied by members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and streamed back to those broadcasters by satellite for use in their overnight classical-music schedules. The recordings used are not normally taken from commercially available CDs but come instead from earlier (usually live) radio broadcasts.[1][2][3]

Though supplied by the BBC on a commercial basis, the service nevertheless claims to provides broadcasters with a less expensive alternative to local origination of overnight classical-music programming.[1]


The sequence is put together by a small BBC team in London, and gaps are provided in the schedule to allow for local origination of explanatory material in each broadcaster's national language (written programme notes in English are supplied by the BBC some weeks in advance), top-of-the-hour news summaries, etc. In the United Kingdom, however, the sequence is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 without news.


The service is streamed from London between 0.00 and 6.00 Central European Time seven days a week, though actual transmission times may be shifted locally – the BBC itself, for instance, broadcasts its own version (which goes out under the title Through the Night) between 0.30 and 6.30 on Mondays to Fridays, and from 1.00 till 7.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.[3] As transmission is unattended the playout servers are duplicated to provide resilience, although the service has, in fact, run reliably since 1998.[1]


EBU member broadcasting organizations currently taking the service include (all indicated times are local):

Country Station Broadcaster Local title Time
 United Kingdom BBC Radio 3 BBC (originator) Through the Night 0.30–6.30 (Mon–Fri)
1.00–7.00 (Sat, Sun)
 Bulgaria Hristo Botev Radio BNR Еврокласик ноктюрно (Evroklasik noktyurno) 3.00–5.00
 Croatia HRT 3 HRT Euroclassic notturno 0.00–6.00
 Greece ERT Third Programme ERT Notturno 1.00–7.00
 Hungary Bartók Rádio MR Notturno 0.00–6.00
 Poland Dwójka PR Muzyczna Noc Euroradia 2.00–6.00 (Mon–Fri)
 Italy Rai Radio Classica RAI Euroclassic Notturno 0.00–2.00[4]
 Slovenia ARS RTV Evropski klasični nokturno 0.00–4.00
 Slovakia Rádio Devín RTVS Euroclassic nocturno 2.00–6.00
 Sweden Sveriges Radio P2 SR Notturno 0.00–6.00
 Romania Radio România Cultural SRR Euroclassic notturno 1.00–7.00
 Turkey Radyo 3 TRT Euroclassic notturno 1.00–7.00

EBU members that previously carried the service include:[5]


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