Two Discs by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Land on Billboard Classical Chart

Classic Arts News   Two Discs by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Land on Billboard Classical Chart
If there's any small silver lining to the great dark cloud of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's untimely death earlier this month, it's that all the fond remembrances of her art in the press have led CD buyers to explore her work.

Two discs by the late great mezzo landed on the Billboard classical chart this past week. The Bridge Records release of music by her husband, Peter Lieberson, including the cycle he wrote for her, Rilke Songs, debuted on the chart at no. 13. The Avie disc of Handel arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, which spent 16 weeks on the chart earlier in the year, has returned to the chart at no. 3.

Also arriving on the Billboard classical chart this week is a new release of Vivaldi violin concertos, none ever recorded before, by Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra on Sony Classical.

The other newcomer to the classical chart this week is the latest disc by Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens du Louvre, of Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41, which debuted at no. 25. Leon Fleisher's disc Two Hands, which features the veteran pianist playing standard two-handed repertoire after years of disability in his right hand, re-entered at no. 24.

No Boundaries by The 5 Browns remains at no. 1 for the 14th straight week; their debut disc, The 5 Browns, has moved back up to no. 8, having fallen from 7th to 16th last week.

The Billboard classical crossover chart continued as it has for weeks, with Andrea Bocelli and Il Divo sharing the top five places and little significant movement elsewhere in the top 25.

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