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The Easter Sunday concert by Andrea Bocelli in an empty cathedral in Milan has been the most-watched classical music concert on YouTube. The Italian tenor's live-streamed 25-minute Music for Hope concert reached over 2.8 million concurrent peak viewers in the highest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in the YouTube history, YouTube said on Wednesday.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 16, 2020 18:21 IST

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In its first 24 hours, the video got over 28 million views from all over the world, and as of Thursday, it has over 36 million views.

Bocelli, who performed a set of religious songs, opera arias, and a version of Amazing Grace, said that he wanted the concert to bring together isolated people during the lockdown of coronavirus.

The concert, in which Bocelli sang in an empty cathedral with only one organist, was followed by drone footage of abandoned streets and piazzas in Milan and outside the 14th-century city Duomo.

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