Rolando Villazon and Sharon Isbin Discs Make First Chart Appearances

Classic Arts News   Rolando Villazon and Sharon Isbin Discs Make First Chart Appearances
Tenor Roland Villazon's French Arias debuted on the Billboard classical chart this week in the number five position.

The tenor's second album collects arias by Gounod and Massenet, including excerpts from Romeo, Faust, Werther, and Manon. He is joined on "Le Rê_ve" from Manon by soprano Natalie Dessay; Evelino Pido conducts.

Also making its debut on the chart, at number 13, was Sharon Isbin's collection of guitar concertos recorded with the New York Philharmonic. The CD, which includes Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Villa-Lobos's Guitar Concerto, and Manuel Ponce's Concierto del Sur, is the first Philharmonic recording ever to feature guitar.

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone, the cellist's collection of film music recorded with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, remained at number one for the 18th straight week.

Other albums making significant sales gains included Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's Handel: Arias from Theodora, which jumped from number 11 to number eight, and the Kronos Quartet's Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zade, which re-entered the chart at 14 after dropping off last week.

The top several spots on the classical crossover chart were unchanged, with Josh Groban's Closer staying at number one, followed by albums by Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, and Hayley Westenra.

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