Michael Kurek’s ‘The Sea Knows’ tops Billboard classical charts

Composition professor Michael Kurek’s new album The Sea Knows has held the top position on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart for three weeks, since its July 14 release. It debuted at No. 4 on the overall Top Classical Albums chart, dropping to No. 5 in its second and third weeks. In addition, Serenade for Violoncello and Harp is featured on Spotify’s “Classical New Releases: Spotify Picks” curated playlist, with 34,400 plays in 15 days.

The album, which was released on Navona Records, includes five compositions by Kurek, two of which were recorded at the Blair School and performed by Blair faculty and student artists:

Serenade for Violoncello and Harp
Ovidiu Marinescu, violoncello, and Rita Costanzi, harp

Moon Canticle
Soledad Yaya, harp

Savannah Shadows
The Atlantic EnsembleWei Tsun Chang, violin, Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola, and Kirsten Cassel Greer, violoncello

Sonata for Viola and Harp
Duo Portinari — Peter Pas, viola, and Soledad Yaya, harp

The Sea Knows
The Vanderbilt Strings, conducted by Robin Fountain, with featured soloist Ovidiu Marinescu, violoncello