Liebersons Have Two Titles on Billboard Classical Chart

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Composer Peter Lieberson and his late wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, have two discs on the first Billboard classical chart of 2007.

Neruda Songs, a song cycle which he wrote for her, remains at no. 2, where it arrived on the final chart of 2006. The disc, released on December 19 by Nonesuch Records, was made from concert performances she gave of the work with conductor James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in November 2005. It was her final recording.

In addition, an all-Peter Lieberson disc released last year (on Bridge Records) which features Lorraine singing another cycle he wrote for her, Rilke Songs, returned to the chart at no. 21. The disc first made the chart after the revered mezzo succumbed to cancer on July 3 of last year.

Sting's recording of John Dowland lute songs, Songs From the Labyrinth, remains at no. 1 for the 13th consecutive week. Mychael Danna's score for the new film The Nativity Story rose three notches to no. 3, followed by Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin at no. 4 and pianist Gabriela Montero's Bach and Beyond at no. 5.

Andr_ Rieu's Christmas Around the World fell from fourth to ninth place, while his The Homecoming! slipped from fifth to sixth.

Two additional titles have re-entered to the classical chart: the Nonesuch release of John Adams's The Dharma at Big Sur and My Father Knew Charles Ives (no. 19), and baritone Bryn Terfel's disc of arias titled Tutto Mozart! (no. 22).

Again, there was little change on the Billboard classical crossover chart from previous weeks: Josh Groban's Awake remains at no. 1; the rest of the top 10 is dominated by various titles from Andrea Bocelli and the quasi-operatic boy band Il Divo. Re-entering the crossover chart were heavy metal musician Glenn Danzig's Black Aria II (no. 19) and Explosive: The Best of Bond by the string-quartet-girl-group Bond (no. 25).

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