The category "classical music," in the usage of the recording industry, may stretch all the way from Wanda Landowska to Wladziu Valentine Liberace. Within that range, the smaller companies count as a bestseller any disk that sells more than 15,000 copies, while with the larger outfits a hit record may approach half a million (the industry guards exact sales figures with almost paranoid intensity, with each company claiming that all others are cheating). Here, in order of popularity over the last decade, are the top five classical LP sellers of the leading classical...

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