The classical Black Friday results are in

The classical Black Friday results are in


norman lebrecht

December 04, 2014

The top selling classical albums in the US last week were (according to Nielsen Soundscan):

1 Christmas at Downton (Warner)    6610 units

2 Ultimate Bocelli (Decca)                   3740

3 Andre Rieu (Decca)                             1736

4 Glass piano etudes (OMM)                 937


glass namekawa

5 C’mas in Harvard Square (Decca)    832

6 Trio Medieval (ECM)                               820

7 Joshua Bell (Sony)                                 284


downton abbey


  • Hank Drake says:

    Does the Downton album include a free out of place water bottle?

  • Ken J. says:

    One issue is marketing: just getting out the news that there is a new release.

    I consider myself a bit of a fan of Trio Mediaeval, but until today’s posting I had no idea that they had a new album out. And I follow music websites and Amazon a lot more than the average person. In the prior century, I would have seen copies of the album in the bins at my favorite CD stores, but now…

  • Karina L. says:

    …and not a mention of The Wexford Carols – one of the most ambitious and original Christmas CDs on the market this Christmas.

  • Neil van der Linden says:

    So only nr 5 is serious music, and it lags far behind in sales.