Star Wars Soundtrack Enters at the Top of the Billboard Crossover Chart

Classic Arts News   Star Wars Soundtrack Enters at the Top of the Billboard Crossover Chart
The top four positions on Billboard's classical-album chart remain unchanged this week, with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon at number one for the fifth week in a row.

Silk Road Journeys is followed by the 5 Browns' self-titled album, Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone (which features the cellist with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra), and Andr_ Rieu's Tuscany.

New albums on the chart include Renaissance: Music for Inner Peace from the early-music choral group the Sixteeen, led by Harry Christophers, which debuted at number 12. At number 15, pianist Yundi Li's Liszt makes its first appearance, and Mitsuko Uchida and Mark Steinberg's Mozart: Sonatas for Piano and Violin debuts at number 23.

John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls re-enters the chart at number 24, and soprano Anna Netrebko's Sempre Libera returns at number 25.

On the classical-crossover chart, John Williams' score for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith enters at number one, pushing the self-titled debut album by Il Divo to number two and Josh Groban's Closer to number three. Other new entries on the chart include Nigel Hess's soundtrack to Ladies in Lavender, featuring violinist Joshua Bell, at number 16.

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