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Major upturn: German classical sales rise by 10.5%

We reported a few days ago that German recorded music sales were up 1.5% in the first half of 2013, the first upward swing in ten years.

What few imagined was that a significant proportion of this increase came from a huge spike in classical sales – 10.5%, according to industry monitor, BVMI.

The big contributors are living composers, more even than opera stars. Ludovico Einaudi (pictured) has three current hit albums in the top 20 and Max Richter is hitting hard with his recomposed Vivaldi Four Seasons.

This may be the best classical news so far this year.


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  1. Excellent news indeed! Although I can’t stand Einaudi.

  2. Albert Lee says:

    You mean people like to hear new compositions over something written over 200 years ago?! Don’t tell that to American orchestras, they’ll start a riot.


    It must be that everybody is getting high on Wagner this year. I am amazed at the news.

  4. Ludovico Einaudi might be an example of film music cross-over, so perhaps not such great news. And Max Richter’s Four Seasons isn’t a whole lot better. In this context, Philip Kennicott’s recent article about the folly of tyring to dumb down classical music to increase its audience might be relevant — though I’m no hardcore modernist either. See:

    (Einaudi and Max Richter fans, please send all complaints to

  5. Nora nekko says:

    Sorry. They block Youtube

  6. I would love to this statistic without all those so called “classical” crossover-products…
    I am sure classical sales will explode in the next weeks with the new album of Schiller, featuring some big classical names like Netrebko and Grimaud, but will they count it in classical charts???

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