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Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
/nordicartistsmanagement.com

Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary composer event / stage and cinema.com

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
/ stage and cinema.com

Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports that David Bowie has died at the age of 69 and Gustavo Dudamel conducts Star Wars. Also, a video is released of passengers enjoying an impromptu classical music concert at a train station in Ternopil and Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Making connections: A carefully programmed concert is greater than the sum of its parts

Today we have incredible access to a seemingly infinite amount of music: Spotify, YouTube, apple-music – not to mention an abundance of online score libraries

Classic FM

RIP David Bowie – we’re remembering his genius version of Peter and the Wolf

The music legend David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The world of pop music will never be the same – but he also made his mark on the classical world

Ukraine Today

Passengers enjoy impromptu classical music concert at train station in Ternopil

Musicians bring Christmas cheer to weary passengers

The Telegraph

Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I thought John Williams was joking when he asked me to conduct his Star Wars music’

There is awe in Gustavo Dudamel’s voice as he describes the moment he watched the words “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” crawl across the screen in front of him

Classical Music Magazine

Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Listings database Backtrack has published an analysis of its data from 2015’s classical performances

Der Tagespiel

An der Himmelspforte

Erste Aufnahmen und die Pläne für den neuen Konzertsaal: Wie Simon Rattle und das London Symphony Orchestra sich für die Zukunft warmspielen

Pizzicato

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg eröffnet in einem Jahr

Genau in einem Jahr am 11. und 12. Januar 2017 wird das NDR Sinfonieorchester unter der Leitung von Thomas Hengelbrock das Eröffnungskonzert im Großen Saal geben

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Nicht allein

Solisten beherrschen manches, was andere Musiker nicht können. Nur im Ensemble zu spielen, fällt vielen schwer. Über die Kunst der Kammermusik, an der die Größten scheitern – oder wachsen

New York Times

For One Night, China’s Great Hall of the People Reverberates With Music

There is sort of an invisible rule in China that rock musicians cannot perform in big concert halls or opera houses,” said Tan Dun

Washington Post

How a classical critic introduced her child to music (not very well)

Ever since my son was born in 2011, it seemed inevitable that I would produce an article on introducing children to music

Twitter

Telegraph@Telegraph  With his new album, David Bowie returned to his first love http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/david-bowie-blackstar-first-listen-extraordinary/

Music Mark@musicmarkuk  #MemberVoice “Music can give a voice to those who have no voice” @paterson2_diane @ArtFormsLeeds

Philharmonia@philharmonia  This week’s Spotify playlist honours Pierre Boulez, featuring some of his best work as both conductor & composer http://spoti.fi/1PZqPiU

David Bowie/ Classic FM

David Bowie/ Classic FM

 

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 12, 2014 )