A New Recording of the 'All-Night Vigil' Rachs the Billboard Classical Chart

Classic Arts News   A New Recording of the 'All-Night Vigil' Rachs the Billboard Classical Chart
Harmonia Mundi's recent release of Rachmaninoff's beloved All-Night Vigil (a/k/a the "Vespers"), performed by conductor Paul Hiller and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, made a strong debut on the Billboard classical chart released last Thursday (July 20), landing at no. 3. The impressive showing is most likely the result of a very favorable review on the July 12 edition of NPR's All Things Considered.

While there were no other debutantes on the classical chart, there were three re-entries. The Claudio Abbado/Mahler Chamber Orchestra version of Mozart's Die Zauberfl‹te, starring Christoph Strehl, Dorothea R‹schmann, Erika Mikl‹sa, Ren_ Pape and Hanno M‹ller-Brachmann, spent one week last month on the chart, at no. 17; it has now returned at no. 12. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Choose Something Like a Star, which had risen from 22nd to 15th to second place before falling off the chart last week, reappeared at no. 21. Sony Classical's release of ê_a Ira, the opera by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd starring Bryn Terfel, Ying Huang and Paul Groves, has re-entered the chart at no. 25.

No Boundaries by The 5 Browns held the top spot for the 15th consecutive week; the family fivesome's debut disc, The 5 Browns, which fell from 7th to 16th two weeks ago and then moved back up to no. 8, has now climbed to no. 4. The Giuliani Carmignola/Venice Baroque Orchestra release of never-before-recorded Vivaldi violin concertos, in its second week on the chart, remained at no. 2.

The Marc Minkowski/Musiciens du Louvre recording of Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41 on DG, now sits at no. 22; it had entered the chart the previous week at no. 25.

The Avie Records disc of Handel arias by the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, which re-entered the chart last week at no. 3, has fallen out of the top 25; her recording of her husband's Rilke Songs, on Bridge Records, remains on the chart, though it fell from 13th to 15th place.

Yet again, Andrea Bocelli and Il Divo share the top five places on the Billboard classical crossover chart, with four film soundtracks (for Pride and Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code, Star Wars — Revenge of the Sith and Memoirs of a Geisha) in the top 10. Three titles did, however, re-enter the top 25 after having fallen off: tenor Ronan Tynan's Ronan (no. 18), the soundtrack to the film Ladies in Lavender, featuring violinist Joshua Bell (no. 21), and the oddly titled CD String Quartet Tribute to Fall Out Boy (no. 25).

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