ClassicalArchives.com reveals most searched items; Alsop beats Pavarotti
The company has released lists of the most searched artists, composers, works, etc., over the past month, revealing a few surprises in addition to Alsop's strong showing. I wouldn't pretend this really tells us anything about the classical music public. It's just fun to see what this unscientific sampling of cyber-consumers is searching for while considering downloads of classical music to computers and assorted hand-held electronic devices.
Here's the ranking of five most-searched artists:
1. Herbert von Karajan
2. Marin Alsop
3. Valdmir Ashkenazy
4. Michael Tilson Thomas
5. Luciano Pavarotti
I'm surprised to see Ashkenazy do so well, given how relatively low the pianist/conductor's profile has been for years.
The list of Most Searched Composers won't startle anyone.
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Johann Sebastian Bach
3. Ludwig van Beethoven
4. Frédéric François Chopin
5. George Frideric Handel
The first three positions conform to the traditional holy trinity of classical music, and exactly in the proper order, I'd say. I might have figured Vivaldi would edge out Handel and maybe Brahms do better than Chopin.
Top Most Popular Time Periods:
Again, no big surprise there, but this next list gave me pause.
Top Most Popular Genres:
4. Chamber Music
5. Solo Vocal Music
Odd that opera didn't make the cut. You can attract a crowd for opera a lot easier than you can for a solo voice recital, so I would assume that would hold for download buyers, too.
Top Most Popular Instruments:
Organ music at number 3? Who knew?
The "Top Most Searched Works" contains some of the usual suspects:
1. Handel's Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus
2. Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No.2 ('Moonlight')
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 ('Elvira Madigan')
4. Frédéric François Chopin - Nocturnes [sic] in E-flat, Op.9
5. Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV1041
As for the Chopin, I assume this refers to Op. 9, No. 2, not all three of the Op. 9 Nocturnes (only one is in E-flat, of course). I wonder if people are downloading all of the 'Moonlight' or just the first movement everybody knows.
Finally, the Most Searched Operas.
1. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
2. Mozart's Don Giovanni
3. Verdi's La Traviata
4. Wagner's Die Walküre
5. Verdi's Aida
This is quite a surprise to me -- no Puccini in the top 5. Wow. And Walkure over, say, Tristan? Interesting. I wonder what a list after six months or a year would look like.
BALTIMORE SUN FILE PHOTOS OF MARIN ALSOP AND MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS