This weeks US sales charts from Nielsen Soundscan, the point-of-sale tracking device, are more than usually depressing.
Top of the charts, as they were in the 1950s and most decades since, are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Their album, Glory! Music of Rejoicing, easily outsold the next three contenders by Yuja Wang, Eric Whitacre and Anne Akiko Meyers.
Wtf?, I wondered. Was it anything to do with the dreary ascent of Mitt Romney, a Mormon, to presidential candidacy?
Nope, said my friendly analyst. It’s because Salt Lake City is, according to Nielsen, is the fourth biggest per capita consumer of classical records in the United States.
Where, I asked him, is the biggest, the number one classical music powerhouse of 21st century America. Chicago, perhaps?
Checking, he said.
Still checking, he said.
Then he told me. It’s – recognise it?
Its… Portland, Oregon. Who’d have guessed? Anyone know why?