The Classical Countdown

Friday, January 01, 2010

Throughout the month of December, we asked listeners to vote for 50 favorite pieces of classical music. More than 1,100 of you took our survey and many of you wrote in with suggestions of your own.

Here are the final results of the 2009 Classical Countdown:

1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

2. Dvorak: New World Symphony

3. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto

4. Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E-flat

5. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

6. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

7. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

8. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

9. Barber: Adagio for Strings

10. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

11. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

12. Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C-minor

13. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B-minor

14. Rimsky-Korsikov: Scheherezade Op. 35

15. Mozart: Requiem in D-minor

16. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

17. Schubert: Trout Quintet

18. Copland: Appalacian Spring

19. Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 61

20. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

21. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

22. Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35

23. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

24. Smetana: The Moldau

25. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

26. Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique

27. Mahler: Symphony No. 2

28. Elgar: Enigma Variations

29. Wagner: Gotterdammerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

30. Vaughan Williams: Variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis

31. Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B-minor

32. Mahler: Symphony No. 1

33. Vivaldi: Four Seasons

34. Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78

35. Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue in D Major

36. Bach: Goldberg Variations

37. Stravinsky: The Rites of Spring

38. Brahms: Violin Concerto

39. Faure: Requiem

40. Orff: Carmina Burana

41. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

42. Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

43. Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano No. 3

44. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

45. Puccini: Madame Butterfly

46. Chopin: Polonaise in A flat, "Heroic"

47. Debussy: La Mer

48. Brahms: Symphony No. 4

49. Brahms: Concerto for Piano No. 2

50. Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E Minor, Op. 85

For more detailed information about the pieces played during the Countdown, please click here and here.

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