Anne Midgette in the WashPo drops some surprising numbers on classical album sales:
Hilary Hahn's new Bach album, bolstered by an appearance on the "old" Conan show, debuted at number 1 last week--with 1,000 disks sold.
A leaked copy of the SoundScan figures for a single week from the fall tells an equally sad tale. In early October, pianist Murray Perahia's much-praised album of Bach partitas was in its sixth week on the list, holding strong at No. 10. It sold 189 copies. No. 25, the debut of the young violinist Caroline Goulding, in its third week, sold 75 copies.
Is there any point to charting such low numbers?...