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Today the investors, who find the turnover of classical recordings is
too slow and that the sales figures are just too small, justify their
decision by pretending that classical music recordings don't interest
anyone. This is not true!
The problem is that the media, without really investigating, have perpetuated
this myth by publishing articles announcing 'the death of the CD', often
with headlines big enough for the blind to read!
Classical records, the importance of which cannot be overstated in nurturing
the appreciation and knowledge of music, deserve more love and care from
record companies and more interest from the powers-that-be.
I also can't stress enough the importance of début recordings
-- the great majority of which are made by small, independent labels
-- in helping to launch the career of a young, unknown artist.
To want to reduce to the minimum standing, and thus to bring about the
disappearance of recorded classical music, is like wanting to shut museums
with the excuse that they're not profitable and replacing them with
a number of more profitable Disneylands.
It is imperative to reconsider the important role played by classical
music in our culture generally, and in the education of children in particular.
It is imperative to reinstate its status and maintain its production,
rather than shedding crocodile tears.
It is imperative that recorded classical music finds its José
Bové* (white knight -- José Bové is the French trade
unionist farmer who played a major role in disrupting the world trade negotiations
in Seattle last year) to denounce the dangers of globalisation and profit.
Copyright © 11 April 2001
Bernard Coutaz, Arles, France
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