Monday, April 22, 2013

Haruki Murakami Novel Leads to a Surge In...

Classical music sales.

From a piece in the Asahi Shimbun...

The novel refers to the "Years of Pilgrimage" piano pieces by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, and describes in particularly vivid detail their performance by Russian pianist Lazar Berman. After the novel went on sale, fans snapped up imported CDs of Berman performing the piece, and outlets throughout Japan sold out.

Downloads of the piece on subscription sites also increased sharply. On some music distribution sites, the piece was temporarily ranked No. 1.

The domestic CD version had been out of print, but Universal Music LLC quickly decided to get in on the action and plans to put the CD back on store racks from May 15.

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