After last week’s sensational Decca blitz that put Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven set at numbers one and three of the Nielsen Soundscan listings, normal service has been resumed with a film soundtrack topping US classical sales.
But which soundtrack is that? It’s Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and much of the music is by Benjamin Britten. It opens with a sequence from Noye’s Fludde, in which Anderson sang as a kid, and proceeds with Young Person’s Guide, with added clips of Saint-Saens and Schubert. The excellent Alexandre Desplat pulls the whole score together with hits from his chanson drawer.
I was with some Brittenites last night and they were literally over the Moonrise at the exposure BB is getting, just before the centenary liftoff. The Moonrise Kingdom album made 1901 sales in the US last week, against Beethovenfor All’s 829. Believe it.