Major music streaming platforms such as Spotify have noticed an increase in demand of classical music, ambient and background music during quarantine. These genres of music help people to calm down and concentrate during working at home. Compared to other genres, the habits of listening to classical music have changed the most over the last year, reflecting lifestyle changes and the intensive searches for opportunities to relax when you cannot leave your home.
Today, the major classical record companies must adapt to the changing needs of listeners and transform themselves into online audiovisual media companies. In addition to classical music albums, they offer short video singles, video albums, live documentaries, live virtual broadcasts, interviews, and other types of documentary video and audio material. This business model is taken over by music publishers, management companies, and the musicians also.
The New Year Eve Concert by Riccardo Muti
The celebration of New Year’s Eve 2021 was filmed and released on the music album by Sony Classical. Italian conductor Riccardo Muti conducted the musicians in an empty Musikverein hall in front of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite the pandemic, the concert was broadcast in ninety countries and watched by over 50 million people. This is a special performance for the famous Riccardo Muti, who will soon commemorate his eighties. The conductor, who is performing for the sixth time on this occasion, has formed a strong connection with the members of the orchestra and has become the honorary conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Founded in 2010, Les Surprises stands out from the crowd with innovative interpretations of early music and research into the orchestra’s sounds while playing original baroque instruments. Their latest recording, Tyrannic Love, features intermittent music by English composer Henri Purcell, written by his colleagues and followers John Blow, John Eccles, Jeremiah Clarke, and Daniel Purcell.
The full-length album is presented by the Signum Saxophone Quartet. The album Echoes contains a repertoire of classical music of the past centuries, as the echo of the sound of the past is reflected in the experiences of contemporary performers and listeners. Saxophones are the main accent of this album, but other instruments are also included. The album features arranged melodies in classical compositions by Gabriel Faure, Guillermo Lago, John Dowland, Joep Beving, Max Richter, Paul Hindesmith, Philip Glass, Peter Vasks, Peter Gregson, and Rem Giazotto. Singing sounds that stretch over millennia of time and continents in space, the Signum Quartet unfolds the full bouquet of colors and timbres of a saxophone instrument and the limitless possibilities of its repertoire during the performance.
The violin icon Hilary Hahn has released the second part of the chrestomathy first violin concert of Sergei Prokofiev. The new album is titles Scherzo and it is dedicated to Paris as the city of beauty. It will feature both Poetme for Violin and Orchestra by Ernest Chausson of Paris, Sergei Prokofiev’s first concert, when the premier was held in Paris, and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Deux Sérénades, premiered by Hilary Hahn at the French Philharmonic Orchestra.