Hans Zimmer today scores his first ever Official Classical Singles Chart Number 1 with Rise, which is taken from the soundtrack to the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.
Rise is just one of six tracks from the score of the latest instalment of director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy which have entered this week’s Official Classical Singles Chart Top 20 - Gotham’s Reckoning is at Number 3, Why Do We Fall? is at Number 6, Imagine The Fire is at 13, The Fire Rises is at 15 and Fear Will Find You is at Number 17 – while Zimmer’s song Time, from the soundtrack to Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception, is at Number 11.
Meanwhile music connected with the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games takes up seven places on this week’s Official Classical Singles Chart. The London Symphony Orchestra will have to settle for the silver medal as their rendition of Chariots Of Fire goes in at Number 2 (incidentally, Dr Who composer Mark Ayres’ version of the same track is at Number 8 this week). The Four Nations Choir’s medley of Jerusalem / Flower Of Scotland / Danny Boy is at Number 4, while The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s version of Nimrod is at Number 7, three places higher than The LSO’s version (10) which was performed during the ceremony itself.
The BBC Concert Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth’s version of Jerusalem is at Number 14, while Katherine Jenkins' version of Abide With Me (performed by Emeli Sande during the opening ceremony) is at Number 18.
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