Lang Lang's Memory Tops Billboard Chart

Classic Arts News   Lang Lang's Memory Tops Billboard Chart
Memory, the first studio album from star pianist Lang Lang, reached number one on the Billboard classical chart this week, its third week on the chart.

The two-disc set features works that the 23-year-old pianist associates with his childhood, including Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 10, Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 3 (a work he has played in concert for almost 10 years), Schumann's Kinderszenen, and Vladimir Horowitz's transcription of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1.

Andr_ Rieu's The Flying Dutchman dropped from number one to number two; the 5 Browns' self-titled debut jumped from number nine to number three amid publicity surrounding the release of the group's second album on April 4.

The sole new entry on the chart was Nuove Musiche, a collection of improvisational takes on 17th-century passacaglias by a group of early music specialists led by guitarist and lutist Rolf Lislevand. The CD, which features works by Kapsberger, Pellegrini, Piccinini, de Narvaez, Frescobaldi, and Gianoncelli, debuted at number nine.

On the classical crossover chart, Andrea Bocelli's Amore remained at number one, with Il Divo's Ancora and Il Divo holding on to numbers two and three.

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