Janine Jansen, Andrea Bocelli Top Billboard Charts

Classic Arts News   Janine Jansen, Andrea Bocelli Top Billboard Charts
Violinist Janine Jansen's recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons jumped to the top of the Billboard classical chart this week, 13 weeks after its debut on the chart.

The album, Jansen's second, was at number 14 last week. Sales were apparently boosted by her recent tour with the Cleveland Orchestra.

The soundtrack to Casanova, at number one for the last two weeks, dropped to number three; Andr_ Rieu's The Flying Dutchman moved up to number two. (Dutch violinists now occupy the top two spots on the chart.)

New to the classical chart was a recording of music by the 16th-century Flemish composer Nicholas Gombert by the Hilliard Ensmble, which debuted at number 22.

On the classical-crossover chart, the pop-opera upstarts Il Divo were knocked from the top spot by the master of the genre: tenor Andrea Bocelli, whose Amore debuted at number one. (The album also made a strong debut on Billboard's comprehensive album chart, showing up at number three.)

Il Divo's Ancora fell to number two in its third week on the chart; Il Divo dropped to number three.

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