Operatic Soundtrack to Film Comedy No Reservations Hits No. 1 on Billboard Classical Chart

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The aria-packed soundtrack CD to the recently-released film No Reservations has risen to no. 1 on this week's Billboard classical chart, following two weeks at no. 2. The score to the restaurant comedy, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart as rival chefs, is made up largely of famous opera arias sung by famous Decca artists: "Nessun dorma" and "Celeste Aida" (Luciano Pavarotti), "Un bel dÐ" and "O mio babbino caro" (Renata Tebaldi), "La donna mobile" (Joseph Calleja), "Libiamo, libiamo" (Joan Sutherland); there are also a couple of pieces written specifically for the film by Philip Glass.

New Impossibilities, the new disc by Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble with the Chicago Symphony, has slipped a notch to no. 2, followed by Sting's John Dowland collection Songs from the Labyrinth in third place, pianist Jon Nakamatsu's all-Gershwin disc with the Rochester Philharmonic at no. 4, Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin (up two spots to no. 5), Osvaldo Golijov's Oceana (no. 6), Ma's Appassionato (no. 7), Masters and Commanders: Music from Seafaring Film Classics by the Cincinnati Pops (no. 8), and crossover violinist Andr_ Rieu's The Homecoming! (no. 9). Mitsuko Uchida's new release of two famous Beethoven sonatas, which debuted on the chart last week at no. 11, has risen to no. 10.

Returning to the classical chart are four titles. Two of them — violinist Rachel Barton Pine's American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell (back at no. 13) and The Sixteen's Into the Light (now at no. 25) — arrived on the chart the same week earlier this summer. The remaining two are chart long-timers: the Hyperion recording of Cloudburst and other choral works by Eric Whitacre (at no. 21) and No Boundaries (at no. 23) by the piano-playing siblings The 5 Browns.

Billboard's classical crossover chart is even more stable than usual this week, with no new arrivals or returnees. The only change in the top 10 is Il Divo's Siempre moving up one notch to no. 4, right behind the same group's Ancora. Josh Groban's Awake and Andrea Bocelli's Amore are still in the top two spots, with the soundtracks to Pride and Prejudice and the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en rose now at nos. 5 and 6, Bocelli's Under the Desert Sky (no. 7) and Amor (no. 8), Juanita Bynum and Jonathan Butler's Gospel Goes Classical (no. 9) and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's collection of Broadway and Hollywood tunes, Showtime! (no. 10).

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