Classical 101 Archives For: May 6, 2014
You’ve shelled out hard-earned cash to hear a concert of classical music performed by a world-class phenom. The concert hall is sparkling, the audience is all dolled up, the artist is sublime and you dare not even breathe for the noise it would make. Then out croaks a cough and all that ambience vanishes, like Brigadoon, in an instant.
As purveyors of legally licensed music, they have been largely welcomed by an industry still buffeted by piracy. But as the companies behind these digital services swell into multibillion-dollar enterprises, the relative trickle of money that has made its way to artists is causing anxiety at every level of the business.