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CLASSICAL CHARTZ | For The Week Of February 11, 2024

By Ludwig Van on February 11, 2024

Enjoy new music with our classical music chart for this week. Our weekly selections are based on sales numbers and simply what albums we love and think you NEED to hear.

For the complete top 20, tune into Classical Chartz with the New Classical FM’s Mark Wigmore every Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

The Vienna Phil and Andre Rieu have a lock on Nos. 1 and 2 this week, with no change from last week. Anne Sophie-Mutter’s Virtuosi also holds the line at No. 4. Aled Jones and his One Voice — Full Circle make a leap from No. 8 to 3, one of the biggest jumps in the Top Ten.

Even bigger, though, is the rise of Cédric Tiberghien’s Beethoven: Complete Variations for Piano, Vol. 2, which climbs from No. 15 into the Top Ten at position No. 8. The French pianist’s double album includes a number of works and composers alongside Beethoven in what can only be called a thorough examination of the musical variation. The complete list: Beethoven’s 21 Variations in C Minor; Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s 6 Variations on “Mein junges Leben hat ein End”; Beethoven’s 24 Variations on “Venni amore”; J.S. Bach’s Aria variata alla Maier italiana & his Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D Minor; Beethoven’s 5 Variations on “Rule, Britannia!”; Morton Feldman’s Last Pieces; Beethoven’s 6 Variations in G Major; 7 Haiku by John Cage; Beethoven’s 9 Variations on a March by Ernst Christoph Dressler; George Crumb’s Processional; Beethoven’s 12 Variations on “Menuet a la Vigano”; John Cage’s Landscape; Beethoven’s 7 Variations on “God Save the King”. Released on the Harmonia Mundi label, the 2-disc set offers more than 100 tracks, and 2 hours and 34 minutes of musical variations.

Just released this month, and brand new not only to the Top Ten but the Top 20 is Daniel Hope and Dance! The recording by Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra of which he is the Musical Director draws from the history of Western dance music, beginning with medieval times and continuing to the 20th century. The repertoire explored offers a double album (more than 2 hours) worth of music, and a list of composers that includes Purcell, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Price, Bartók, Piazzolla and more. Stylistically, the music ranges from Baroque opera to tango and swing, klezmer and ballet, among others.

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