It’s taken since May 16th 2014 to get from 300 to 400 recordings in the DVD review database. But now we are there with 84 Blu-rays and 316 DVDs. Surprisingly the Toronto Public Library is still a major source of material though one can see that the statistics are perhaps skewing a little more to my personal tastes. This despite someone at TPL having a taste for 19th century turkeys from French and Belgian regional houses. So, here’s the round up of the summary stats.
Italian is still the most common language with 30% of recordings but German has moved up relatively from 24% to 27%. Perhaps surprisingly the proportion of recordings in English has hardly changed at all at 13%. I would have thought that the proportion of contemporary works, many/most in English would have impacted the stats more.
Century of composition stats have changed a bit. The 20th century (35%) is still in the lead but the 19th (32%) has leapfrogged the 18th (21%). The 21st has increased a little bit but I’m a bit surprised that only 8 of the last 100 disks have been from this century. Of course it’s very much driven by a handful of composers; Handel and Mozart in the 18th, Verdi and Wagner in the 19th and Strauss and Britten in the 20th.
Date of recording inevitably continues to swing to more recent. Already 26% of recordings are from this decade, so 39 of the last 100 disks were recorded since 2010. A further 45% were recorded in the preceding decade. Only 17% of recordings predate 1990 which is, I suppose, about the point at which genuinely DVD quality recordings start. The oldest recording is still a film of Die Dreigroschenoper from 1931 but there now several from 2014.
The same cast of characters continues to dominate the place of performance category. “made for film/TV” continues to be the single largest category (19%). Of live recordings, there are still only five houses with more than 20 entries in the list. Glyndebourne continues to lead with Salzburg, the Met, The Royal Opera House and Paris Opera in close pursuit. The likeliest house to break into the leader list is Zurich with 18. A lot of high quality recordings have come out of there recently. The “odds and sods” category continues to grow with a couple of recordings from Liege and even one from Toulouse.
It took 15 months to get from 200 to 300. It’s taken 25 months to get from 300 to 400. It could take a while to get to 500!