Mark O'Connor's Double Violin Concerto Makes Billboard Classical Chart | Playbill

Classic Arts News Mark O'Connor's Double Violin Concerto Makes Billboard Classical Chart
The new entrant on the Bilboard classical chart this week is a hybrid of sorts: a concerto for two violins — make that violin, fiddle and orchestra — composed by classical/bluegrass violinist Mark O'Connor. The disc, which features the composer and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop, arrives on the chart at no. 13.
Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas for DG returned to the chart at no. 17, as did the soundtrack to the film Scoop (no. 24) and Da Pacem, music of Arvo P‹rt performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under conductor Paul Hillier (no. 25).

Songs From the Labyrinth, Sting's John Dowland disc, remains at the top of the chart for the eleventh consecutive week; it is now the best-selling classical disc of 2006 in the U.S.

Crossover violinist Andr_ Rieu's Christmas Around the World remains at no. 2, and his The Homecoming! has risen to no. 3. Joshua Bell's Voice of the Violin remains in fourth place; maverick Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero's Bach and Beyond is now at no. 5.

There was little change from last week on Billboard's classical crossover chart. Josh Groban's Awake returned to no. 1 this week after having been displaced by Il Divo's Siempre, which has slipped back to no. 2; Andrea Bocelli's Under the Desert Sky remains at no. 3. Il Divo also has titles at nos. 4 and 5; Bocelli has additional discs at nos. 6 and 10.

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