Sting's John Dowland Disc Tops Billboard 2006 Year-End Classical Chart

Classic Arts News   Sting's John Dowland Disc Tops Billboard 2006 Year-End Classical Chart
 
Songs From the Labyrinth, the disc of John Dowland lute songs performed by the veteran rock star Sting, is the best-selling classical album of 2006, according to the Billboard year-end chart.

The Deutsche Grammophon release is followed by No Boundaries by the piano-playing siblings The 5 Browns (who have another disc at no. 11 for the year), The Flying Dutchman by Dutch crossover violinist Andr_ Rieu (who has two other titles in the year's top 10), Joshua Bell's collection Voice of the Violin, and Ren_e Fleming's Sacred Songs.

Opera Proibita, Cecilia Bartoli's CD of arias from 18th-century Italian oratorio, is at no. 8 on the 2006 classical chart, followed by two releases from Yo-Yo Ma: a disc of music by the renowned film composer Ennio Morricone and Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, the latest disc from the cellist's Silk Road Project.

Billboard's 2006 list of top-selling classical artists follows the list of best-selling albums fairly closely, with Sting, Rieu, The 5 Browns, Bell, Fleming, Ma and Bartoli occupying the top seven spots.


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