Joshua Bell Disc Debuts at Number Two on Billboard Chart

Classic Arts News   Joshua Bell Disc Debuts at Number Two on Billboard Chart
Joshua Bell's new recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto made its first appearance on the Billboard classical chart this week at number two.

The Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanies the violinist on the CD, which also includes Tchaikovsky's M_ditation in D minor and the "Danse russe" from his Swan Lake. Bell now has two of the top four albums on the chart: the compilation The Essential Joshua Bell was at number four in its second week on the chart.

Cecilia Bartoli's Opera Proibita remained at number one for the second week in a row. EMI's recording of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with Plšcido Domingo moved from number two to number three.

Also new to the chart was a recording of solo works by Scriabin, Medtner, and Stravinsky by pianist Evgeny Kissin, which debuted at number 23. The week's biggest mover was the vocal group Chanticleer's Sound in Spirit, which jumped from number 16 to number eight in its second week on the chart.

On the classical-crossover chart, Il Divo's self-titled debut remained at number one, with Josh Groban's Closer at number two. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Love Is Spoken Here increased its sales in its second week on the chart, but remained at number three.

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