Classical Music Looks Toward China With Hope – Joseph Kahn and Daniel J. Wakin

From the New York Times:

With the same energy, drive and sheer population weight that has made it an economic power, China has become a considerable force in Western classical . Conservatories are bulging. Provincial cities demand orchestras and concert halls. Pianos and violins made in China fill shipping containers leaving its ports.

The Chinese enthusiasm suggests the potential for a growing market for recorded music and live performances just as an aging fan base and declining record sales worry many professionals in Europe and the United States. Sales for a top-selling classical recording in the West number merely in the thousands instead of the tens of thousands 25 years ago. [Full text]

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