Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Tally of performances attended in 2013


I am not sure what, if anything, this shows, but it was quite interesting to work out. Obviously the following figures do not in any sense represent a reflection of the balance of what is programmed, whether in London or elsewhere. For the most part, I tend to go to performances that interest me, at least in principle, and that can partly be a matter of performers as well as composers. Yet, by the same token, I cannot attend performances that do not exist. Almost all of those performances counted here appear on my blog; the exceptions would be the Seattle Ring, which, having enjoyed the kind hospitality of the Seattle Opera, I did not feel it would be proper to review, and a second performance of the Royal Opera's Wozzeck, which I had intended to write up as a coda to the first, but then never found time to do so. There are all sorts of objections that could be raised to the method of counting - assuming that I have even counted correctly! I have counted each composer once in a performance, so that a few minutes of Webern counts for as much as a Mahler symphony, but I certainly had no intention of estimating the number of minutes heard.   Nevertheless, Wagner, in his anniversary year, does rather well. Series such as the Southbank Centre's 'Rest is Noise' and 'Bach Unwrapped' at Kings Place make their mark too. Some composers fare surprisingly poorly; I should have expected to have heard more than one Chopin performance this year, but apparently not. Transcriptions, recompositions, and the like have been credited to the composer  I decided most responsible or relevant; for instance Olga Neuwirth rather than Berg is credited for American Lulu. The figures are broken down into concerts, operas (including operas in concert), and overall. It has been quite a year!
 
Concerts

Beethoven 15
Brahms, Mozart 11
Bach 10
Schoenberg, Schubert 7
Mahler 6
Berg, Liszt, Strauss, Wolf 4
Birtwistle, Debussy, Haydn, Ravel, Schumann, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Webern 3
Bartók, Boulez, Britten, Cage, Eisler, Elgar, Georg Friedrich Haas, Handel, Messiaen, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stockhausen, Szymanowski 2
Mark Andre, Francesco Antonioni, Vykintas Baltakas, Martin Butler, Berlioz, Busoni, Byrd, Francesca Caccini, Chopin, James Clarke, Couperin, Joe Cutler, Enescu, David Fulmer, Gerhard, Francisco Guerrero, Eloise Nancy Gynn, Fauré, Ferneyhough, Benedetto Ferrari, Dai Fujikura, Michael Jarrell, Giovanni Kapsberger, David Knotts, Korngold, Lachenmann, Mauro Lanza, Alma Mahler, Bruno Mantovani, Martinů, David Matthews, Alex Mincek, Monteverdi, Thomas Morley, Olga Neuwith, Akira Nishimura, Nono, Pavel Zemek Novák, Hilda Parades, Michael Pelzel, Alessandro Piccinini, Matthias Pintscher, Robert HP Platz, Rachmaninov, Roberto David Rusconi, Edward Rushton, Saint-Saëns, Satie, David Sawer, Schreker, Clara Schumann, Jay Schwartz, Nina Šenk, John Sheppard, Smetana, Johannes Maria Staud, Stenhammar, Marco Stroppa, Barbara Strozzi, Tallis, Adrian Thomas, Varèse, Huw Watkins, Robert White, Wolpe, John Woolrich, Ysaÿe, Zemlinsky, Vito Žuraj 1

Opera

Wagner 17
Mozart 7
Puccini 6
Berg, Strauss 3
Benjamin, Birtwistle, Britten, Ravel 2
Gerald Barry, Beethoven, Bizet, Cavalli, Charpenter, Peter Maxwell Davies, Monteverdi, Olga Neuwirth, Offenbach, Purcell, Rossini, Johann Strauss, Turnage, Weber 1

Overall

Wagner 20
Mozart 18
Beethoven 16
Brahms 11
Bach 10
Schoenberg, Schubert, Strauss 7
Berg, Mahler, Puccini 6
Birtwistle, Ravel 5
Britten, Liszt, Wolf 4
Debussy, Haydn, Schumann, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Webern 3
Bartók, Benjamin, Boulez, Cage, Eisler, Elgar, Georg Friedrich Haas, Handel, Messiaen, Monteverdi, Olga Neuwirth, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stockhausen, Szymanowski 2
Mark Andre, Francesco Antonioni, Vykintas Baltakas, Gerald Barry, Martin Butler, Berlioz, Bizet, Busoni, Byrd, Francesca Caccini, Cavalli, Charpentier, Chopin, James Clarke, Couperin, Joe Cutler, Peter Maxwell Davies, Enescu, David Fulmer, Gerhard, Francisco Guerrero, Eloise Nancy Gynn, Fauré, Ferneyhough, Benedetto Ferrari, Dai Fujikura, Michael Jarrell, Giovanni Kapsberger, David Knotts, Korngold, Lachenmann, Mauro Lanza, Alma Mahler, Bruno Mantovani, Martinů, David Matthews, Alex Mincek, Thomas Morley, Akira Nishimura, Nono, Pavel Zemek Novák, Offenbach, Hilda Parades, Michael Pelzel, Alessandro Piccinini, Matthias Pintscher, Robert HP Platz, Purcell, Rachmaninov, Rossini, Roberto David Rusconi, Edward Rushton, Saint-Saëns, Satie, David Sawer, Schreker, Clara Schumann, Jay Schwartz, Nina Šenk, John Sheppard, Smetana, Johannes Maria Staud, Stenhammar, Johann Strauss, Marco Stroppa, Barbara Strozzi, Tallis, Adrian Thomas, Turnage, Varèse, Huw Watkins, Weber, Robert White, Wolpe, John Woolrich, Ysaÿe, Zemlinsky, Vito Žuraj 1

1 comment:

Henry Holland said...

*sigh* Lucky you, having a chance to attend a performance of Gawain and The Minotaur.

It was rumo(u)ured that the Holland Festival was going to do a much-needed production of The Mask of Orpheus in 2014, but it doesn't look like it will. Hello, ENO?