The Official Charts Company (OCC) is delighted to announce the launch of a new classical music chart; the Official Specialist Classical Chart.
The chart has been designed to highlight the sales of repertoire which is 100% classical and has been released within the last two years. These criteria distinguish it from the OCC’s long-running Combined Classical Albums Chart which requires 60% of an album’s repertoire to be classical to make it chart eligible and therefore also includes crossover titles as performed by classical artists.
By showcasing current and purely classical recordings, the new weekly chart will give retailers, labels and distributors a focused marketing tool and provide the consumer with a guide to this particularly specialist market.
The Official Specialist Classical Chart was developed by the OCC in consultation with record labels’ industry body The BPI.
Ginny Cooper, MD of Coda Distribution, and co-chair of The BPI’s Classical Committee said:
“Within the classical sector, there are many first class performers providing first class recordings which were not registering on the chart radar as the crossover titles were obviously higher profile and selling more. We felt however, that they were just as valid and wanted to provide an outlet to enable the public to see that sales of pure classical music is still alive and well!”
The Official Specialist Classical Chart is published for the first time in the March edition of Gramophone Magazine. It will then appear monthly in Gramophone and will be updated weekly on the Gramophone website.
James Inverne, Gramophone’s editor, said:
“Throughout Gramophone's long heritage, we have always seen our role as supporting the classical music industry as well as superb recordings of great music and our publication of this chart is intended to help the industry sell more of its very finest recordings. We hope it provides a great boost to musicians and labels alike."
The Official Specialist Classical Chart is also available to record companies, distributors and retailers direct from the OCC.
Martin Talbot, MD of the Official Charts Company, said:
“As the Official Charts compilers in the UK, we are always looking for new ways of throwing the spotlight on music of all kinds. Created in partnership with the classical industry, this new chart will play a big part in highlighting core classical releases going forward – especially with the support of Gramophone magazine.”
The Top 10, as it appears in the March edition of Gramophone is as follows:
|1||1||The Best Of Gilbert & Sullivan||Gala Ensemble||Sony BMG|
|2||NEW||Holst Orchestral Works Vol 1||BBC Now/Hickox||Chandos|
|3||NEW||Beethoven Diabelli Variations||Stephen Kovacevich||Onyx|
|4||NEW||Stokowski Bach Transcriptions 2||Bournemouth SO/||Naxos Serebrier|
|5||56||List Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2||Nebolsin; RLPO/||Naxos Petrenko|
|6||NEW||Chopin Piano Sonatas Nos 1 & 2||Marc-Andre Hamelin||Hyperion|
|7||3||Christmas at Kings||Kings College Choir||EMI|
|9||17||Bach Cantatas Vol 17||Monteverdi Choir/||SDG Gardiner|
|10||NEW||Purcell Dido & Aeneas||Connolly, Finley; OAE||Chandos|
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