The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: BBC Music Magazine names the biggest trends of 2014. What do you think the trends will be in 2015? And bachtrack.com gives out all kinds of statistics about classical musicians in 2014. | January 13, 2015

By Jacob Stockinger

Which were the busiest orchestras in the world in 2014? What were the most popular works performed? Who were the Top 10 among individual and group performers?

And who were the busiest young conductors?

Some of the answers may surprise you, so it is a good way to educate yourself about the classical scene today. They might even lead you to buy certain recordings or attend certain live concerts.

Others I find to be expected.

Female Orchestra Conductor With Baton

Who were the Top 10 singers, pianists, violinists, string quartets and other individual and ensemble musicians?

What were the most popularly performed works, both from the established repertoire and established composers like Beethoven (below), and from contemporary composers?

Beethoven big

If the answers to these questions intrigue you, then you should follow the two links below to see the trends and statistics report on 2014.

They come from the BBC Music Magazine (below) and bachtrack.com

BBC Music Magazne Top 50

The Ear hopes you enjoy them and learn from them and that they leave with something to say in the Comments section of this blog.

http://www.classical-music.com/news/what-were-biggest-trends-classical-music-2014

http://bachtrack.com/top-ten-statistics-classical-music-2014

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1 Comment »

  1. Beethoven had 3 of his works in the top 5 performed and 5 in the top 10! So much for the idiotic comments by a certain reviewer at the New Yorker, whose name I have already forgotten. Interesting too that Bach does very well in this category. I’m not sure what stats for orchestras performing the most really means. One stat that really stands out is the paucity of women conductors worldwide; I suspect that will begin to change soon.

    Comment by fflambeau — January 14, 2015 @ 9:07 pm


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