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10-30-2000, 07:58 AM
This is not a purely Beethoven-related question, but I would like to know how much of a role classical music in general plays in Britain, or Europe in general. Is there a large selection of titles and artists in your music shops? Here in Canada, and North America in general, such music plays a very small role. Something like 3% of the music business can be attributed to classical sales. I, for one, almost always have to special-order any new CD I want, and it's only in the large cities like Toronto where a large selection of titles can be found (although it is QUITE a selection!). It's not as bad across the pond, is it?

10-30-2000, 09:47 AM
Serge, it depends, I guess, exactly _where_ across the pond one is situated. In Denmark, at least in Copenhagen where I live, an ordinary CD shops offers almost no Classical music CDs, and if it does, it will regularly be the "big hits" of Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. I have no idea about what percentage Classical sales constitute of the entire music sales, but if it is 3% I would not be surprised. In Copenhagen, however, there are some 3-4 shops which offer a very good selection of Classical music, and where I for one almost always find what I'm looking for. In addition, the central public library holds offers quite an impressive selection of Classical music: you may loan 10 CDs for two weeks. -Thomas

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10-30-2000, 11:43 AM
Well it all depends where you are Serge - Where I live nr.Brighton in the UK we have at least one specialist Classical shop, and it is possible to get most things. Like Thomas, I should imagine it is a very small share of the market - that though is a sign of your good taste - heaven forbid that Beethoven or any other great composer were as 'popular' as the Spice girls etc ; popularity = commercialism = vulgarity = mediocrity = short-lived and worthless. I doubt that there will be specialist shops in 200 years time selling the Spice girls.

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