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Classical Source goes Spanish

For twenty years the Classical Source has reviewed concerts and recordings and has reported news from around the world and, for twenty years, we have done so entirely in English. Now, for the first time, we are delighted to welcome Lilianna di Fonzo-Tell who will be translating some of our reviews from English into Spanish.

You will find links to the translated reviews below (and a link to the original will be found at the end of each review). If this is something that you would like to see more of, please let us know either in the comments section below the review or via the Contact Us page.

There’s an awful lot going on…

Now that we are at the start of a new decade - ok strictly that is from 2021, but the numbers don’t look as neat - generally, people like to look back at what has been before and peer forward in hope at what might be just over the horizon. A recent headline in the Independent caught my eye: Classical music grew faster than any other genre in 2018 - a headline that I was encouraged to read, and one that urged me to read further into the article.

BPI data shows that more than 2.2 million classical albums were purchased, downloaded or streamed in 2018 and nearly 60 per cent of those were bought in CD format, bucking a trend that has shown more people than ever streaming rather than buying CDs. The move to streaming is however increasing even in the classical music genre: up 9% on the previous year.

So what does the BPI mean by ‘classical music’? They include film soundtracks and also cross-over artists such as Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli which, at first, I thought must skew the figures away from true classical music. But then I caught myself, chastised myself, and reminded myself that this is what classical music is and, more importantly, is what it always has been in one way or another since the dawning of recorded music.

Classical music enthusiasts have been called elitist and sometimes snobbish in the past, however in my experience I have always found those that know more about a particular area of the genre welcoming and keen to share their knowledge. As this different, more populist classical music broaden’s the appeal towards younger listeners I see a massive opportunity to encourage and educate. There is an awful lot of music going on and it should be our mission to welcome new listeners, accept that classical music is a broad church, encourage new listeners to try other types of classical music and maybe, just maybe, learn and grow to enjoy the music that is exciting them too

A very happy New Year to our many readers, new and not-so-new, world-wide

Chris Caspell
Managing Director
January 2020


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