Just when you thought the classical charts couldn’t get more depressing….

One release sold more copies last week than any classical album in any week in the past year.

Almost twice as many as the next contender.

Over 9,000 copies sold in the US, according to the infallible Nielsen Soundscan. 9,106 to be precise.

Cause for celebration?

It’s Christmas at Downton Abbey.

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  • I love this album. A very traditional album, featuring beautiful songs by Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the Choir of King’s College, as well as other traditional hymns from the Downton Abby actors.

    In an album of 45 (!!) songs, the only two I skip are those by Elizabeth McGovern, who tried, but…. 😉

    I suggest anyone saying this doesn’t deserve 9,000 sales should listen to it. It’s certainly a more authentic, impressive work than many classical CDs (Netrebko’s Four Last Songs anyone?). And at a time in the world when many things don’t look wonderful, this is uplifting and joyful.

      • Thank you, Gell, although I like that CD. I appreciate that it’s jazz so don’t expect a classical sound at all. I am also a jazz fan. I simply take each CD for its intent, and I especially appreciate the jazz masters who are also on the CD. It’s a bit too intentionally “artsy” in places, but it’s very enjoyable for the season.

  • I suspect jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, and Kurt Elling – all of whom appear more than once and worked on the arrangements – would disagree.

  • Who said ” there’s a sucker born every minute “?
    having hit a gold mine they are milking
    it for all it’s worth .Kanawa !!!!?????

  • This is a Christmas album, so it’s not to be blamed. The failure of the rest of the classical recording market is the problem.

    Would you prefer to live in a world where even the best selling Chritsmas record was full of MIDI and pop stars?

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