Symphony Season: the Numbers!

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra just compiled a very interesting batch of data based on the 2014-2015 season programming of 21 major national orchestras. The BSO (and by the BSO, probably some of their interns, but who knows?) aggregated the nation’s planned performances into the below infographic, which contains some very interesting (but, possibly, unsurprising) information about the performed material- age of pieces, gender/nationality of composers, popularity of certain composers, etc.

Enough out of me, peruse this fascinating (and very visually appealing) infographic (more writing beneath it)!

Orchestra Season Infographic

Like I said, this is a very interesting chart, but I’m not sure how surprising its revelations were. That said, it is quite staggering to see the actual numbers, such as 98% of all performed composers being male, and that the most performed living composer only gets 35 performances while the most performed composer overall gets 317. The nationality divide between most-performed composers overall vs. living is intriguing as well. All of these facts bring with them a litany of implications about the diversity (or lack thereof) in classical music performances, especially if you’re a fan of the genre, or if you want to become a professional classical musician.

My favorite thing about this infographic is the fact that the BSO actually put it together. I think it’s great that a major orchestra like the BSO is beginning to take strides to reassess the standards of what they and their peers perform. According to the original article, they will be publishing several pieces in the coming weeks analyzing their finds further, which is sure to be even more interesting.

In other news, a very happy birthday to Neil Young!

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Instrumental Music

Alban Berg – 3 Pieces for Orchestra, 5 Songs, Lulu- Suite – CD 8819

Anton Bruckner – Symphonies 8 & 9 – CD 8818

Mahler – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 – Claudio Abbado – CD 8832

Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 2, op. 27 – CD 8815

Ravel – L’enfant et les Sortilèges, L’heure espagnole – CD 8814

Strauss – Waltzes, Polkas & Marches – Herbert von Karajan – CD 8813

Strauss – Waltzes & Polkas – Lorin Maazel – CD 8836

Schumann – The Symphonies – Leonard Bernstein – CD 8837

Verdi – Overtures & Preludes – Herbert von Karajan – CD 8840

Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake – Seiji Ozawa – CD 8841

Bach – Brandenburg Concertos & Suites No.s 2 & 3 – CD 8829

Mendelssohn – Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words) – CD 8830

Mozart Symphonies Nos. 35-41 – CD 8838

Beethoven – Complete String Quartets – Quatuor Végh – CD 8504

Shostakovich Complete String Quartets – Borodin Quartet – CD 9018

White Bone Country: Music for Piano & Percussion – Andrew Byrne – CD 5042

Let Others Name You: Balinese Ensembles – Michael Tenzer – CD 5043

The Scott Fields Ensemble: Samuel – CD 5044

John Cage: 3 Constructions – Donald Knaack Percussion Ensemble – CD 5045

Beethoven – Music for Cello & Piano – Pierre Fournier – CD 8825

Beethoven – Sonatas & Bagatelles – The Zivian-Thomkins Duo – CD 5041

Mozart – 5 Violin Concertos – Gidon Kremer – CD 8839

Bach – Sonatas & Partitas – Henryk Szeryng – CD 8828

Complete Brahms Violin Sonatas – Zino Francescatti &Robert                         Casadesus – CD 8002

Schubert’s Violin Sonatas – Isaac Stern – CD 9105

Bach, Handel & Tartini Violin Sonatas – Isaac Stern – CD 9104

Beethoven – The Violin Sonatas – Isaac Stern – CD 9103

Prokofiev – Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 – Isaac Stern – CD 9100

Hindemith, Copland & Bloch Violin Sonatas – Isaac Stern – CD 9099

Brahms Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 3 – CD 9097

Franck, Debussy & Enesco – Violin Sonatas – CD 9098

Works for Harpsichord – Couperin – Christophe Rousset –  CD8991CD8996

Liszt – The 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies – Roberto Szidon – CD 8833

Beethoven – The Late Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff – CD 8826

Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Scriabin, Prokofiev & Shostakovich – CD 8867

Brahms & Schumann – CD 8866

Schubert – CD 8865

Haydn, Weber & Beethoven – CD 8864

Chopin & Liszt – CD 8863

Mozart Sonatas – CD 8862

Beethoven II:  Sonatas & Chamber Works – CD 8861

Beethoven I: Sonatas Nos. 19-32 – CD 8860

Bach Suites & Toccatas – CD 8859

The Art of Alfred Brendel

Vol. 1 – Haydn & Mozart  CD 8978

Vol. 2 – Beethoven CD 8976

Vol. 3 – Schubert  CD 8975

Vol. 4 – Liszt  CD 8974

Vol. 5 – Brahms & Schumann CD 8977

Beethoven Piano Concerts Nos. 1 & 3 – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano –                           CD 8820

Janácek Piano Works – Rudolf Firkusný, piano – CD 8816