The latest Nielsen Soundscan charts from the US show two recordings of the Elgar cello concerto fighting for the upper hand. At number 12 is Alisa Weilerstein’s stunning Decca recording with Daniel Barenboim’s Berliners. But overtaking her and three rungs above is Zuill Bailey on Telarc with Krzysztof Urbanski and theIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra, several degrees lower in pedigree and with three dollops of Smetana as fillers.
Our man at the till says Bailey is a brilliant post-concert CD salesman, incredibly charming and available for autographs til first light of dawn.
Alisa might need to start cancelling dinners.