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By Keith Clarke
figures. Classical downloads were down 13. 4 percent, a
smaller drop than the wider market at 26 percent.
Universal Music Group aimed to capitalize on the rise
of streaming by announcing a new unified management
structure for its Classics and Jazz Division. President and
CEO of Universal Classics and Jazz, Dickon Stainer, took
on yet more responsibilities, adding the Verve Group to
The U.K. got a new classical-music broadcasting station
in Scala Radio, a digital platform aimed at younger listeners.
It was encouraged by research carried out for station owners
rECOrDiNG AND BrOADCASTiNG
The year began with cheery news for classical labels in
year-end sales figures claiming that sales of classical music
in 2018 grew faster than those for any other genre—by
10 percent, as compared to a 5. 7 percent rise for all other
types of music. The figures, compiled by the Official Charts
Company for BPI, the British Recorded Music Industry
(equivalent to RIAA), stated that more than 2. 2 million
classical albums—almost 60 percent in CD format—were
purchased, downloaded, or streamed. Streaming classical
music increased by 42 percent over the previous year’s
(pictured) riccardo Muti led the Berlin Philharmonic, Chorus of the Bavarian radio, and soloists Vittoria Yeo (soprano), Elina Garanča (mezzo),
Francesco Meli (tenor), and ildar Abdrazakov (bass) in an electrifying Verdi requiem at Baden-Baden’s Easter Festival in April.
Photo: © Monika Rittershaus /Berlin Philharmonic.