Mozart by Pollini and Vienna Phil Arrives on Billboard Classical Chart

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A new recording of two Mozart piano concertos, K. 453 and K. 467, by Maurizio Pollini and the Vienna Philharmonic is the new entrant on this week's Billboard classical chart. The Deutsche Grammophon release arrives at no. 12. Right behind is another Pollini disc, a 2006 recording of Chopin nocturnes, re-entering the chart at no. 13. (The esteemed Italian pianist has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and Symphony Center in Chicago in the past two weeks.)

Other titles returning to the chart this week include Yundi Li's recording of Chopin and Liszt piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra (no. 7); Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero's partially improvised Bach and Beyond (no. 8); No Boundaries (no. 15), a disc by the sibling pianists The 5 Browns which last year held the no. 1 slot for five months; soprano Ren_e Fleming's anthology Sacred Songs (no. 16); Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep (no. 18), a CD programmed to be an aid to insomnia sufferers; and Hilary Hahn's recording of violin concertos by Paganini and Spohr (no. 22).

Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin remains at no. 1, and his Sony BMG Classical compilation The Essential Joshua Bell rose from fifth to fourth place. (The Universal Classics compilation of the same title, at no. 14 last week, has now slipped off the chart.) Yo-Yo Ma's Appassionato is still in second place, followed by Sting's John Dowland CD Songs From the Labyrinth. (The companion DVD/CD set, The Journey & the Labyrinth: The Music of John Dowland, slipped from no. 7 to no. 10.) Crossover violinist Andr_ Rieu's The Homecoming! went from fourth to fifth place; Anna Netrebko's Russian Album remains at no. 6 (though its ranking may rise next week in the wake of Netrebko's appearance on the Time 100 list).

The news from this week's Billboard classical crossover chart is that Josh Groban's Awake has been nudged out of the no. 1 slot after 24 consectuive weeks. The new top-of-the-list title is Il Divo's Siempre, which has been at no. 2 for several months. Awake is now in second place, followed by Il Divo's Ancora. Next on the chart are three discs in a row by blind tenor Andrea Bocelli: Amore, Under the Desert Sky and Amor. Showtime!, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's show tunes disc, fell from no. 6 to no. 12.

There were no new entrants to this week's crossover chart, though there are half a dozen returnees: Love, From Italy (no. 16) by Andiamo, the Italian equivalent of Il Divo; Here's to the Heroes (no. 18) by The Ten Tenors; Irish tenor Ronan Tynan's The Dawning of the Day (no. 19); the self-titled release by The East Village Opera Company (no. 21); Love Changes Everything (no. 22), volume 2 of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection; and Strung Out on Three Days Grace (no. 25), a "string quartet tribute" to the rock band.

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