Yo-Yo Ma Takes Back Top Spot on Billboard Classical Chart from Lang Lang

Classic Arts News   Yo-Yo Ma Takes Back Top Spot on Billboard Classical Chart from Lang Lang
Young superstar pianist Lang Lang's new disc of Beethoven concertos may have burst onto the Billboard classical chart last week at no. 1, but this week a veteran superstar, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, has reconquered the summit with his Appassionato.

Ma's disc had been atop the chart since its debut in January — until it was overtaken by Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin in the wake of last month's worldwide news reports about Bell's busking experiment on the Washington, D.C. Metro.

Voice of the Violin is now at no. 2, with Lang Lang's Beethoven concertos now in third place. Sting's John Dowland CD Songs from the Labyrinth remains at no. 4, while And on Earth, Peace — A Chanticleer Mass, new to the chart last week, has risen two notches to no. 5.

Two more of last week's new arrivals have moved up the chart: the Brahms string quartets and Piano Quintet by the Emerson Quartet and pianist Leon Fleisher (from no. 10 to no. 5) and soprano Nicole Cabell's debut CD with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Davis (no. 16 to no. 12). The last of last week's five new titles, Strauss's Four Last Songs by soprano Nina Stemme, has slipped out of the top 25.

Returning to the chart at no. 15 after an absence is Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's 2005 recording of violin concertos in the key of D by Tchaikovsky and Clarice Assad. The burst in sales was likely due to her performance last weekend in the "Free for All at Town Hall" series of free chamber music concerts in New York.

Also returning to the classical chart are Henryk G‹recki's String Quartet No. 3, subtitled ... songs are sung (no. 24), played by the Kronos Quartet, and Hilary Hahn's recording of violin concertos by Paganini and Spohr (no. 25).

On the Billboard classical crossover chart, the top three slots are still occupied, in order, by Josh Groban's Awake and Il Divo's Siempre and Ancora. Following, as has been the case for several weeks, are three discs in a row by blind tenor Andrea Bocelli: Amore, Under the Desert Sky and Amor. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Broadway disc, Showtime!, which had risen to fourth place last week (slipping between Il Divo and Bocelli), has fallen back behind them to no. 8. Re-entering the crossover chart are two titles by crossover sopranos: Siren by the duo Sasha & Shawna (no. 22) and From My Heart by Giorgia Fumanti (no. 23).

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