1. In 2018 sales of classical
music increased faster than any other type of music. Streaming
rose 42 per cent. CDs are still 60 per cent of the market and
sales rose by 6.9%.
2. A couple months ago I wrote
about great conductors, giving Willem Mengelberg as an example.
I found a link which has all his recorded legacy available for
Here it is the message, repeated.
I am a fan of the art of conducting and
great conductors. Something is lost with todays note-perfect
bland performances. An example from the past is Willem Mengelberg
who conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for 50
years. His use of rubato (agogics) is unique and sometimes jaw-dropping.
Here is a historic example from Tahra Records
TAH 391, last mvt Beethoven 3rd, live from 1942: dbsystemsaudio.com/meng.mp3.
His recorded legacy for listening is here:
There is a new biography by Frits Zwart
(The last one was in 1930!).
email me here