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The Most Popular Classical Albums of 2010

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Reports of the death of classical music on CD have been much exaggerated. Both small independent labels and some traditional majors scored a comeback in 2010. And each week we've been pleased to feature recordings in our Album of the Week feature. Here are the year's most popular albums according to Billboard magazine's year-end sales charts and traffic to WQXR.org.

What was your favorite album in 2010? Leave a comment below.

Our Most Popular WQXR Albums of the Week (based on web visits):

1. Alison Balsom: Italian Concertos (Nov. 6)

2. Vittorio Grigolo: The Italian Tenor (Oct. 1)

3. Alondra de la Parra: My Mexican Soul (Aug. 21)

4. Bryn Terfel: Carols and Christmas Songs (Dec. 12)

5. Anonymous 4: The Cherry Tree (Dec. 5)

6. Cecilia Bartoli: Sospiri (Oct. 23)

7. Juan Diego Florez: Santo (Dec. 18)

8. (Tie) Anna Netrebko and Daniel Barenboim: In the Still of the Night.
    Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja: Pushkin Romances (May 2)

9. Yundi: Chopin Nocturnes (May 15)

10. Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff (Feb. 20)

Billboard's top-selling classical albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan:

1. Andrea Bocelli: My Christmas

2. Sting: If on a Winter's Night

3. The Canadian Tenors: The Canadian Tenors:

4. Sting: Symphonicities

5. David Garrett: Rock Symphonies

6. David Garrett: David Garrett

7. Joshua Bell: At Home With Friends

8. Andrea Bocelli: Mi Navidad

9. Il Divo: The Promise

10: Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Heavensong