Memoirs of a Geisha Soundtrack Debuts on Crossover Chart

Classic Arts News   Memoirs of a Geisha Soundtrack Debuts on Crossover Chart
 
The soundtrack album for the film Memoirs of a Geisha debuted on the Billboard classical-crossover chart this week at number six.

The Rob Marshall film, based on the novel by Arthur Golden, has a score by John Williams. Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma are featured on the soundtrack. Williams' film scores now hold two of the top six spots on the chart: his soundtrack for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith remained at number three this week.

The vocal foursome Il Divo held on to the top two spots on the crossover chart, with The Christmas Collection at number one and Il Divo at number two. Both albums increased their sales this week as the holiday shopping season approached.

The top spots on the classical chart were also unchanged, with Cecilia Bartoli's Opera Proibita and Ren_e Fleming's Sacred Songs at numbers one and two. The biggest mover of the week was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Peace Like a River, which jumped from number 18 to number 12 in its 70th week on the chart.

The only new entry was a new recording of Debussy's La Mer by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. The album, which also includes the composer's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, La boêÎte _ joujoux, and Three Preludes, debuted at number 22.


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