The enduring allure of classical music on vinyl recordings

Posted on: July 14, 2021

“In 2020, nearly 28 million vinyl records were sold, according to MRC Data’s most recent report—that’s 30 times more than in 2006 (when some analysts say this steady 15-year climb commenced) and counts for more than a quarter of all physical album sales (however dwindling those sales may be on the whole),” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Sunday’s (7/11) Washington Post. “The rise of such services as Vinyl Me Please, VYNL and Amazon’s new Vinyl of the Month Club are banking on the future of vinyl as a marketable physical format…. The discovery of new-to-me music was certainly central to the quest when I started collecting vinyl, but I also found myself savoring the anachronistic features of the form: the comparably jumbo artwork, the overzealous flaunting of ‘high-fidelity’ and ‘stereophonic sound,’ the inscrutable inscriptions scratched into the innermost ring of the plate, the lingering traces of the lathe…. Sometimes the rough edges of a medium are what allows us to get a grip on it. When I hold a record in my hands, there’s no getting around its physicality…. Stamped into vinyl, The Music becomes a thing to behold and be held.”