Ren_e Fleming, MTT/SFSO and Salonen/LA Phil Make Billboard Classical Chart

Classic Arts News   Ren_e Fleming, MTT/SFSO and Salonen/LA Phil Make Billboard Classical Chart
 
Soprano Ren_e Fleming's tribute to opera's legendary leading ladies, the latest installment of the Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony Mahler cycle, the first live recording by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen from Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a recital recording by young English trumpet soloist Alison Balsom have all landed on the latest Billboard classical chart.

Homage: The Age of the Diva, a Decca release by Fleming and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater (a/k/a the Kirov) under Valery Gergiev, arrives on the chart at no. 3. The disc is a collection of soprano arias associated with such great prima donnas of the past as Lotte Lehmann, Maria Jeritza, Rosa Ponselle and Mary Garden.

Debuting at no. 6 is Mahler's Symphony No. 5, the newest issue in the cycle of the complete Mahler symphonies recorded by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on their own label, SFS Music. Perhaps riding on that disc's coattails, the SFS Music release of Mahler's 7th Symphony from October 2005 has returned to the chart at no. 24.

Arriving on the classical chart at no. 17 is a DG recording of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and Bart‹k's Miraculous Mandarin Suite. The disc is the first release made by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic from live performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Caprice, an EMI Classics release which offers a varied selection of works played by glamorous young trumpeter (and BBC New Generation Artist) Alison Balsom accompanied by conductor Edward Gardner and Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony, makes its first appearance on the classical chart at no. 23.

Songs From the Labyrinth, the DG recording of songs by John Dowland by the veteran rock star Sting, remains at no. 1 for the second consecutive week. Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin, continues at no. 2, Paul McCartney's oratorio Ecce Cor Meum stays at no. 4, and Hilary Hahn's recording of concertos by Paganini and Spohr with conductor Eiji Oue and the Swedish Radio Symphony rises from seventh to fifth place.

On the Billboard classical crossover chart, Sarah Brightman's Diva: The Singles Collection has now spent three weeks at no. 1, followed by Andrea Bocelli, Vittorio and Il Divo. New to the crossover chart are gospel vocalists Juanita Bynum and Jonathan Butler, with their release Gospel Goes Classical (gospel tunes with full symphony orchestra) at no. 5, and heavy metal musician Glenn Danzig's Black Aria II at no. 8. Re-entering the crossover chart are Remember Me by The Celtic Tenors (no. 19) and The Ten Tenors' Tenology (No. 25).


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