Tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli bounced back into the lead position on this week's Billboard Top Classical chart.
The soundtrack to the Disney movie "Fantasia 2000" had knocked Bocelli off the top spot for two weeks, but its brief reign has ended. The soundtrack by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, now at #2, gives spirited performances of works by Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Respighi. The soundtrack also includes the perennial favorite The Sorcerers' Apprentice by Paul Dukas. The Appalachian Journey of Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor holds to the third position.
Benjamin Zander with the Philharmonia Orchestra re-enters this week's classical charts at #12 performing Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh Symphonies. The disc includes a discussion by Zander on the performance of both symphonies and the Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven.
Making up the top 10 are: Andrea Bocelli, Sacred Arias, at #1; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fantasia 2000, at #2; Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor, Appalachian Journey, at #3; John Williams, Classic Williams, at #4; The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World at #5; San Francisco Symphony, Copland the Populist, at #6; Andrea Rieu at #7 with 100 Years of Strauss; Liberaat #8; Kronos Quartet, Caravan, at #9; and The Best Opera Album in the World at #10.