Yo-Yo Ma Has Three Albums on Billboard Classical Charts This Week

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Five new albums entered the Billboard classical-album chart top 25 this week, although many of the top spots remained unchanged.

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, the latest album from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, was at number one for the second week; the 5 Browns' self-titled album stayed at number two, where it landed last week when the Silk Road Ensemble ended its eight-week run at the top of the chart. A Yo-Yo Ma recording was also in the number-three spot, with his Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone. The cellist's Vivaldi's Cello, recorded with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, re-entered the chart at number 16.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Choose Something Like a Star fell from number four to number 10, and pianist Lang Lang's recording, with the Kirov Orchestra, of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 fell from number number seven to number nine.

Two recordings of Mahler symphonies entered the chart this week, with the composer's eighth symphony, recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony with Simon Rattle conducting, at number eight and the ninth symphony, by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, at number 18. Other new entries were Silent Noon, from tenor Bryn Terfel accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, at number 12; pianist Richard Goode's Mozart at number 21; and violinist Joshua Bell's Violin Concertos at number 24.

Albums re-entering the chart after dropping off in previous weeks include The Origin of Fire: Hildegard Von Bingen at number 17, Rolando Villazon's French Opera Arias at number 22, American Angels at number 23, and John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls at number 25.

The top spots on the classical-crossover chart remained the same, with Josh Groban's Closer at the top, followed by Andrea Bocelli's Andrea and Ronan Tyson's Ronan. New entries on the chart included Katherine Jenkins' La Diva, at number 15, and String Quartet Tribute to Metallica at number 23.

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