Titanic soundtrack named as bestselling classical music album but composer did not

first_imgThe Titanic soundtrack has been named as the best-selling classical music album of the last 25 years, even though the composer did not think it was his best work.The Oscar-winning score, composed by James Horner, sold more than one million copies in the UK and has come number one on the Ultimate Classic FM Chart, the biggest countdown of classical music album sales.It beat Russell Watson’s albums The Voice and Encore, which came in second and third place respectively. Katherine Jenkins James Horner died in a plane crash two years ago Credit:Reed Saxon /AP  Watson is the most popular male artist, with 2.5 million albums sales in the chart and Andre Rieu is the biggest international classical artist, with 2.3 million album sales.Seven of the top 20 albums are by singers and composers from Wales, while six of the top 20 best-selling artists are Welsh.Jenkins is joined on the list by Charlotte Church, the Fron Male Voice Choir, Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones and Sir Karl Jenkins.Howard Shore, who wrote the score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is the best-selling living composer – while John Williams, who composed the music for Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter is third.The Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi came second on the list.Music from the top 300 albums in the Ultimate Classic FM Chart were played on-air between August 26 and 28 and the full list is published at ClassicFM.com. The album was one of 26 film soundtracks on the list. “Touching the inner world of the audience was what most composers wish to do, and when he was successful at doing that, I think James felt like he had fulfilled his destiny.” Jenkins said: “I was 12 when Classic FM was launched and I feel like we have grown up together. I listened as a child, so it was a huge moment for me when they first played my song on the radio – and when they announced my first number one, I remember bursting into tears!”With so many friends and colleagues on the list, to be named the number one artist over Classic FM’s 25 years is something I will treasure always. I hope you can hear the cheering all the way from Neath!” James Horner James Horner won an Oscar for the scoreCredit:Dave Hogan /Gettycenter_img James Horner wrote the score for many filmsCredit:Jun Sato /WireImage Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins has been named the number one classical music artist of the past 25 years, selling more than 2.7 million albums on the Classic FM chart.Her record Second Nature was the most popular classical album released in 2004, while Living A Dream was the most popular of 2005.Both feature in the top 10, while another seven of her albums are on the list of the top 300 records released since September 7 1992 – which has been compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark the radio station’s 25th birthday next month. James Horner James Horner Katherine Jenkins was the best-selling classical singer Credit:Dave J Hogan /Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But Sarah Horner, the widow of the composer who was killed in a plane crash in 2015, told the radio station: “He [James] was a very individualistic thinker, so I don’t know if he would feel like that was his best work.”Certainly, the public loved it, but what I would say is – and I think this is true for all the composers I know – is that their relationship with the audience was where they felt most emotionally connected in the world and was probably where they could honestly feel loved.last_img

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