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Classical Countdown

A Thanksgiving Tradition on Classical WETA 90.9 FM

It's that time of year again! Classical WETA's annual listeners' choice competition lets YOU determine the most popular classical pieces in the DC area. We’ll be playing back the top 100 picks during Thanksgiving week, counting down to the top piece, which will air in its entirety on Thanksgiving night.  

The 2016 Classical Countdown

100. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

99. Bach, JS: Violin Concerto, BWV 1042

98. Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 "Italian"

97. Mozart, W: Piano Concerto #23

96. Brahms: Piano Concerto #2

95. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

94. Strauss, Johann II: Blue Danube Waltz

93. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

92. Mozart, W: The Marriage of Figaro Overture

91. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

90. Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 97 "Archduke"

89. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite

88. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

87. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

86. Faure: Pavane

85. Brahms: Symphony #4

84. Brahms: Symphony #3

83. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1

82. Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto #2

81. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

80. Boccherini: Minuet

79. Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto #2

78. Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture

77. Brahms: Hungarian Dances

76. Albinoni: Adagio

75. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

74. Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries

73. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1

72. Mozart, W: Piano Concerto #20

71. Bernstein, L: Candide Overture

70. Mozart, W: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

69. Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne

68. Mozart, W: The Magic Flute Overture

67. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

66. Dvorak: Symphony #8

65. Schubert: String Quintet

64. Bach, JS: Sheep May Safely Graze

63. Chopin: Piano Concerto #2

62. Dvorak: String Quartet #12 "American"

61. Beethoven: Symphony #3 "Eroica"

60. Brahms: Symphony #1

59. Mozart, W: Symphony #41 "Jupiter"

58. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

57. Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto #3

56. Sibelius: Finlandia

55. Beethoven: Triple Concerto

54. Ravel: Boléro

53. Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 "Scottish"

52. Bach, JS: Double Violin Concerto, BWV 1043

51. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

50. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite

49. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

48. Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto

47. Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

46. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

45. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

44. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

43. Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from "Samson and Delilah"

42. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

41. Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

40. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 "Waldstein"

39. Elgar: Enigma Variations

38. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

37. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

36. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"

35. Debussy: Clair de Lune

34. Mozart, W: Symphony #40

33. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

32. Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto #5

31. Mozart, W: Piano Concerto #21

30. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

29. Barber: Adagio for Strings

28. Mahler: Symphony #1 "Titan"

27. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

26. Bizet: Carmen Suite

25. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

24. Bach, JS: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

23. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

22. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

21. Grieg: Piano Concerto

20. Pachelbel: Canon

19. Brahms: Violin Concerto

18. Mozart, W: Clarinet Concerto

17. Smetana: The Moldau

16. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

15. Beethoven: Symphony #5

14. Handel: Water Music

13. Copland: Appalachian Spring

12. Bach, JS: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

11. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

10. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

9. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

8. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

7. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 "Emperor"

6. Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral"

5. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 "Organ"

4. Beethoven: Symphony #7

3. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

2. Dvorak: Symphony #9 "From the New World"

1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 "Choral"

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