Anne-Sophie Mutter's Mozart Violin Sonatas Arrive on Billboard Classical Chart

Classic Arts News   Anne-Sophie Mutter's Mozart Violin Sonatas Arrive on Billboard Classical Chart
A set of Mozart's complete sonatas for violin and piano by the glamorous Anne-Sophie Mutter and her favorite keyboard partner, Lambert Orkis, is the sole new entrant on this week's Billboard classical chart. The four-CD set, released in September and priced at around $50, made its debut at no. 19. In addition, Simply Anne-Sophie, a Mutter compilation that has spent eight weeks on the chart, is now at no. 22.

Three titles returned to the chart this week: the Symphony No. 5 and String Quintet by the teenaged composer Jay Greenberg (no. 10); soprano Ren_e Fleming's holiday release Sacred Songs (no. 21); and Sentimiento Latino by tenor Juan Diego Fl‹rez (no. 25).

Songs From the Labyrinth, Sting's John Dowland disc, remains at the top of the chart for the ninth consecutive week. Crossover violinist Andr_ Rieu's Christmas Around the World climbed from no. 4 to no. 2, switching places with Paul McCartney's oratorio Ecce Cor Meum, while Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin remained in third place. (Rieu has three other titles in the top 25 as well.)

Maverick pianist Gabriela Montero's Bach and Beyond climbed from no. 14 to no. 7 in the wake of her appearance on the CBS-TV program 60 Minutes last Sunday (December 3).

The new recording of Leoncavallo's one-act opera I pagliacci starring crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli slipped from no. 10 to no. 18.

There were no new entries on the Billboard classical crossover chart, though Sacred: A Spiritual Journey by The Irish Tenors re-entered at no. 25. Josh Groban's Awake now marks its fourth consecutive week at no. 1 for the third straight week; the next five slots on the crossover chart are occupied by two Bocelli discs and three titles by the all-male "popera" foursome Il Divo.

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