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Classical Music Sees Strong Sales In Germany

BERLIN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Classical music posted a strong year in retail sales in 2009, say the latest figures from the German Federal Music Industry Association.

Bolstered by numerous releases of commemorative albums of material from composers on the anniversary of their births or deaths such as Joseph Haydn (200th anniversary of his death) and Georg-Friedrich Händel (250th anniversary of his death), classical music sales saw a 10% sales bump from 108 to 119 million euros.

The sales of classical CDs saw an increase of 16.7 percent from 12.6 million in 2008 to 14.7 million units in 2009, hitting their highest level since 2003, the Federal Association of Music Industry Association (BVMI) said.

Also revealed by the figures was a shift in demographics and sales to the 10 to 19 year old 1.3% in 2008 to 1.8% in 2009, while 20 to 29 year olds, nearly doubled increasing from 2.7 to 4.7 percent during the same period.

"Artists such as violinist David Garrett easily transcend genre boundaries, thus making classical music attractive to young audiences," said BVMI Managing Director Stefan Michalk.

BVMI intends to publish detailed figures for the total music market at its annual press event on March 24th in Berlin. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers