Pianists Blanket Billboard Classical Chart: Volodos, Kissin, Grimaud, Lang Lang, Yundi Li

Classic Arts News   Pianists Blanket Billboard Classical Chart: Volodos, Kissin, Grimaud, Lang Lang, Yundi Li
The news from this week's Billboard classical chart was all about the 88 keys.

The week's only new arrival on the chart, at no. 25, was Volodos Plays Liszt, a recital on Sony BMG Classical featuring Arcadi Volodos playing selections from Ann_es de pelrinages, St.-Fran‹ois d'Assise and other works.

Piano discs re-entering the chart were Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin: The Verbier Festival Recital (no. 7) and Reflection (no. 13), H_lne Grimaud's DG disc exploring the triangular relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

Other notable piano titles on the chart were Dragon Songs (no. 6), Lang Lang's selection of music from China; Yundi Li's recording of the First Piano Concertos of Chopin and Liszt (no. 15); and No Boundaries by The 5 Browns (no. 16).

Two non-piano recordings returned to the chart after an absence: Gitano (no. 14), tenor Rolando Villaz‹n's disc of zarzuela arias conducted by Plšcido Domingo, and crossover violinist Andr_ Rieu's The Flying Dutchman (no. 21).

Joshua Bell continues to reap the benefits of his widely-reported busking adventure in the D.C. Metro (okay, of his extraordinary playing, too): his Voice of the Violin remains at the top of the chart, and his Sony compilation The Essential Joshua Bell rose from fifth to fourth place. His older Decca Classics collection with the same title remains on the chart as well, though it slipped from no. 13 to no. 20.

Yo-Yo Ma's Appassionato and Sting's John Dowland CD Songs From the Labyrinth remain in second and third place, respectively, were nudged down to second and third place, with Sting's companion DVD/CD set, The Journey and the Labyrinth: The Music of John Dowland, now at no. 5.

There were no new arrivals on the Billboard classical crossover chart this week. Two titles reappeared: the Turtle Island String Quartet's A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane (no. 14) and Explosive: The Best of Bond (no. 22) by the eponymous hot young girl-group string quartet.

Gospel Goes Classical by gospel stars Juanita Bynum and Jonathan Butler rose from eighth to third place. Josh Groban's Awake remains at no. 1, with Il Divo's Siempre at no. 2, Andrea Bocelli's Under the Desert Sky and Amore at nos. 4 and 5, and Il Divo's Ancora at no. 6.

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