Re-release of Pavarotti Christmas Album Debuts on Billboard Chart

Classic Arts News   Re-release of Pavarotti Christmas Album Debuts on Billboard Chart
A remastered version of Luciano Pavarotti's 1976 album O Holy Night was the sole new entry on the Billboard classical chart this week.

The Christmas album, which includes seasonal and sacred music by Verdi, Schubert, Franck, and others, debuted at number 19. The new version has three previously unreleased bonus tracks, including a recording of the tenor's own "Ave Maria, dolce Maria."

Cecilia Bartoli's Opera Proibita remained at number one for the third straight week, with Ren_e Fleming's Sacred Songs at number two.

The biggest movers of the week including violinist Andr_ Rieu's New Year's in Vienna, which jumped from number 12 to number seven in its second week; the 5 Browns' self-titled debut, which jumped up to number 14 after falling to number 19 last week; and the Hilliard Ensemble's recording of Arvo P‹rt's Lamentate, which moved from number 21 to number 16.

Il Divo's The Christmas Collection stayed at number one on the classical-crossover chart in its second week. John Williams' soundtrack for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith jumped from number seven to number two, knocking Il Divo's debut album down to number three.

The only new entry on the crossover chart was String Quartet Tribute to System of a Down, a collection of transcriptions of the rock band's songs, at number 24.

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