Rattle's German Requiem, Handel's Concerti Grossi, David Russell's Art, Joshua Bell's Essence Make Billboard Classical Chart

Classic Arts News   Rattle's German Requiem, Handel's Concerti Grossi, David Russell's Art, Joshua Bell's Essence Make Billboard Classical Chart
 
There were four new titles on this past week's Billboard classical chart. The Essential Joshua Bell, a two-disc, digitally remastered compilation on Sony BMG Classical, is the highest-ranking of the arrivals, landing at no. 12. Just behind at no. 13 is Simon Rattle's new recording of Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, with the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Choir, and soloists Thomas Quasthoff and Dorothea R‹schmann. The Art of the Guitar, an anthology of music by composers ranging from Alb_niz to Grieg to Villa-Lobos played by David Russell, made the chart at no. 18. And a Harmonia Mundi release of Handel's Concerti Grossi Op. 3, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music, arrived at no. 24.

Four titles returned to the chart this past week: The Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony recording of Mahler's 7th Symphony (no. 7), soprano Ren_e Fleming's Homage: The Age of the Diva (no. 14), tenor Rolando Villaz‹n's opera recital disc for Virgin Classics (no. 22), and Jonathan Biss's disc of Schumann piano works on EMI Classics (no. 5).

Remaining in the top two slots are Yo-Yo Ma's Appassionatoand Sting's John Dowland CD Songs From the Labyrinth. Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin has taken third place back from Sting's DVD/CD set The Journey and the Labyrinth: The Music of John Dowland, which slipped back to no. 4. Soprano Anna Netrebko's Russian Album remains in fifth place, while Gitano, Villaz‹n's disc of zarzuela arias with Plšcido Domingo conducting, rose from no. 14 to no. 6.

The past week's new arrival on the Billboard classical crossover chart, landing at no. 14, is Love, From Italy, an anthology of Neapolitan songs by Andiamo, three young and photogenic Italian tenors. Josh Groban's Awake remains at no. 1, followed by Il Divo's Siempre; Il Divo's self-titled debut album slipped from third to fourth, displaced by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Broadway album, Showtime.


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