Netrebko-Villaz‹n Disc Debuts on Billboard Chart at Number One

Classic Arts News   Netrebko-Villaz‹n Disc Debuts on Billboard Chart at Number One
A CD of excerpts from Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villaz‹n's recording of Verdi's La traviata debuted on the Billboard classical chart this week at number one.

The disc, titled Violetta, also features baritone Thomas Hampson as Germont. Carlo Rizzi conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.

The two singers, currently the hottest pairing in the opera world, now hold four spots on the chart. Villaz‹n's Opera Recital, which debuted last week at number one, dropped to number two this week. Netrebko's Sempre Libera was at number 22 in its 41st week on the chart. And the complete, two-disc version of La traviata, which peaked at number seven on the chart before dropping off, returned this week at number 25.

Also new to the chart this week were pianist Yundi Li's Vienna Recital, a live recording of Schumann, Scarlatti, Mozart, and Liszt, at number seven; Cloudburst, a collection of choral works by the young American composer Eric Whitacre, at number 11; and a recording of Schubert's music for piano-four hands by Evgeny Kissin and James Levine, at number 16.

On the classical-crossover chart, Andrea Bocelli's Amore remained at number one for the third straight week, with Il Divo's Ancora and Il Divo remaining at numbers two and three. The vocalist Sissel's Into Paradise debuted at number 12.

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