Bursting into the Nielsen sales charts this week at number two is an Ondine recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, sung by the Latvian Radio Choir. It sold 815 copies – 730 CDs, 85 downloads – outdone only by Decca’s Benedictine monks with 2,060.
Third in the charts was Cecilia Bartoli’s Norma.
Why are Latvian insomniacs doing so well? we asked our man in the stacks.
Some fancy PR got them on an NPR news show, he grunted. That’s all it takes these days.
Thought you should know.