By Jacob Stockinger
Of course it has something to do with a quirk of packaging and marketing – specifically a 200-CD set of the complete works by Mozart that is selling well at holiday time.
The Ear doesn’t think it means much in the way of reversing the decline in attendance at live classical concerts or the need to find bigger and younger audiences for the classics.
To be sure, the Grammys will still devote more air time and publicity to Beyoncé, Adele and Drake.
And The Ear is betting the same thing won’t happen again next year. Or the year after that. Or maybe ever.
But it still feels good, even if only temporarily.
And the phenomenon does say something about where the recording industry is heading.
To find out more here is a good summary story, which you can listen to or read, that appeared on National Public Radio (NPR)
What is your favorite Mozart work?
An opera? A work of chamber music? A sonata for solo piano or for piano and violin? A string quartet or quintet?
Leave word and, if you can, a link to your favorite recording of it.
The Ear wants to hear.