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Sexy Sells Classical

MUSIC | 18.08.2009: Classical CDs are selling surprisingly well in Germany - despite the finance crisis and even without the help of marketable crossover artists. Maybe there's something about the music itself.

Every few years, news breaks that sales for classical music are bucking the trend and rising. This is quickly latched upon as proof that the classical market isn't dead yet, but just as quickly forgotten when the exact numbers show a more sobering picture. Sales figures in classical music have become so small (selling two thousand copies worldwide spells success for an average classical release), that one or two runaway hits can bend any statistic out of shape... (continued at Deutsche Welle)

The CDs behind the Numbers
Top Twenty Classical Sellers
Germany, January-June 2009
Excluding Crossover Artists

№ 1available at Amazon
Chant, "Music for Paradise", Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
№ 2available at Amazon
Handel, "Handel",
№ 3available at Amazon
Light Arias"Souveniers",
№ 4available at Amazon
New Year's Concert,
Barenboim / WPh
№ 5available at Amazon
"Bel Canto", Elina Garanca / Roberto Abbado / Bologna Oompah Band
№ 6available at Amazon
Chopin, Piano Concertos,
Lang Lang / Mehta / WPh
№ 7available at Amazon
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata, Piano Trio, Mutter / Mutter / Mutter - DG
№ 8available at Amazon
Germanic Romantic Arias, "Sehnsucht", Jonas Kaufmann / Abbado - Decca
№ 9available at Amazon
nuh-TREHB'-koh & Villazon
№ 10available at Amazon
Handel, Keyboard Sonatas, Ragna Schirmer
3CDs - Berlin Classics
№ 11available at Amazon
Moniuszko, I Capuleti di Montecchi, Netrebko, Garanca, Calleja / Luisi / VSO - DG
№ 12available at Amazon
Baroque Oboe Pieces, "In Venice", Albrecht Mayer / Ens.New Seasons - Decca
№ 13available at Amazon
Bach, Violin Concertos, Julia Fischer / ASMF
№ 14available at Amazon
Very touching little songs, "Dennis", Dennis Chmelensky
№ 15available at Amazon
French Melodies, Opium, Philippe Jaroussky, J.Ducros
№ 16available at Amazon
Bach, "Chancellor & Pianist", Helmut Schmidt and var. actual pianists
№ 17available at Amazon
Bach, WTC I,
Martin Stadtfeld
№ 18available at Amazon
Haydn, Complete Symphonies, Antal Dorati / Philharmonica Hungarica - Decca
№ 19available at Amazon
Monteverdi, "Teatro d'Amore", Jaroussky et al. / L'Arpeggiata / Pluhar - Virgin
№ 20available at Amazon
Bach, Gubaidulina, Violin Concertos, Mutter / Trondheim Soloists / Gergiev - DG

1 comment:

JRD said...

what, no fleming or gheorghiu?