The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer heads up a trio of re-entries on this week's Billboard Top Classical chart, with their release Magnificat taking the #12 spot.
The 12 members of the all-male group have released 21 albums since their inception in 1978, including the 1999 Grammy Award winner Colors of Love. Far from being strictly an early music group, this self-styled "orchestra of voices" performs works ranging from early 11th-century polyphony to jazz. The group also has commissioned pieces from composers Augusta Read Thomas and Jake Haggie.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has two re-entries in the charts. The first, Solo, takes the #13 spot, while his Simply Baroque album grabs the #14 position. No new albums are among the top 15 for this week.
Tenor sensation Andrea Bocelli holds on to the #1 position with his Sacred Arias. The "Fantasia 2000" soundtrack, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, follows at #2, with 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 on to the third position. The Erato collection Beethoven's Adagios has this week's biggest move, jumping five places to #13.
Making up the top 10 are: Bocelli, Sacred Arias, at #1; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, "Fantasia 2000" soundtrack, at #2; Yo-Yo Ma, Meyer and O'Connor, Appalachian Journey, at #3; The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World, at #4; Classic Williams, at #5; Libera at #6; Harmony at #7; Beethoven's Adagios at #8; San Francisco Symphony, Copland the Populist, at #9; and André Rieu's 100 Years of Strauss at #10.