The Classic FM Chart - Sunday 23 August 2015

It's all change at the top of the Chart again - and there are some fascinating new entries.

Last week Craig Ogden toppled Classically Chilled from the No.1 spot. This week the super smooth compilation mounted a revenge attack and succeeded in pushing Craig to No.2. 

Elsewhere there are some surprising contemporary works making their first appearance in the Chart. A new entry at No.10 comes from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. They're offering the world-premiere recording of John Adams's Absolute Jest. It's an  inspired and witty take on Beethoven's spirited scherzos.

But the highest new entry comes in at No.8. Lutoslawski's experimental Second Symphony sees the Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle return to the Chart, with a thrilling performance, coupled with the composer's Piano Concerto, brilliantly played by Kristian Zimerman.

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Week
Last
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Title & Artist
1 2 CLASSICALLY CHILLED, VARIOUS ARTISTS
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2 1 CRAIG OGDEN AND FRIENDS, CRAIG OGDEN
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3 4 ISLANDS - ESSENTIAL EINAUDI, LUDOVICO EINAUDI
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4 3 THE 50 GREATEST PIECES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, LPO/PARRY
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5 6 MAGIC OF THE VIOLIN, ANDRE RIEU/JOHANN STRAUSS ORCHESTRA
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6 20 THE SILVER VIOLIN, NICOLA BENEDETTI
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7 12 EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE, JESSICA CURRY
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8 NEW LUTSOLAWSKI/PIANO CONCERTO/SYMPHONY NO.2, ZIMERMAN/BP/RATTLE
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9 17 WATER NIGHT, ERIC WHITACRE
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10 NEW ADAMS/ABSOLUTE JEST & GRAND PIANOLA, SAN FRANSISCO SO/TILSON THOMAS/ADAMS
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11 NEW BACH/GOLDBERG VARIATIONS, LARS VOGT
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12 16 LOVE IN VENICE, ANDRE RIEU
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13 7 40 MOST BEAUTIFUL ARIAS, VARIOUS ARTISTS
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14 RE-ENTRY BRAVEHEART - OST, LSO/HORNER
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15 RE-ENTRY CHAMBERS, CHILLY GONZALES
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16 10 BRAHMS/THE PIANO CONCERTOS, BARENBOIM/STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN
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17 13 IN A TIME LAPSE, LUDOVICO EINAUDI
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18 14 GLADIATOR - OST, HANS ZIMMER/LISA GERRARD
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19 19 HOLST/THE PLANETS, LSO/DAVIS
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20 RE-ENTRY CLASSICAL CHILLOUT, VARIOUS ARTISTS
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21 22 SIMPLY THE BEST CLASSICAL ANTHEMS, VARIOUS ARTISTS
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22 RE-ENTRY SPANISH GUITAR MUSIC, JOHN WILLIAMS
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23 9 THE TALLIS SCHOLARS SING THOMAS TALLIS, TALLIS SCHOLARS
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24 5 THE BEETHOVEN JOURNEY - PIANO CONCERTOS 1-5, ANDSNES/MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
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25 11 40 MOST BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES, VARIOUS ARTISTS
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26 RE-ENTRY CLASSIC FM - HOLST/PLANETS, MONTREAL SO/DUTOIT
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27 25 SHOSTAKOVICH/UNDER STALIN'S SHADOW, BOSTON SO/NELSONS
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28 RE-ENTRY SIBELIUS/BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST, PAJALA/TURKU PO/SEGERSTAM
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29 RE-ENTRY SIBELIUS/PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, PAJALA/TURKU PO/SEGERSTAM
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30 RE-ENTRY HOMECOMING, NICOLA BENEDETTI
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