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Classical Countdown

A Thanksgiving Tradition on Classical WETA 90.9 FM

It's that time of year again! Limber up your voting fingers and get ready to take part in Classical WETA's annual listeners' choice competition — which lets YOU determine the most popular classical pieces in the DC area. 

Voting is open through November 10, and we’ll play back the top 90 picks during Thanksgiving week, counting down to the top piece, which will air in its entirety on Thanksgiving night.  

 

The Countdown So Far

90. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051

89. Richard Wagner: Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries

88. Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

87. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

86. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #3

85. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2

84. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

83. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

82. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto #2

81. Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto

80. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"

79. Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod

78. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

77. Johannes Brahms: Symphony #4

76. Max Bruch: Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor, Op. 26: III. Finale. Allegro energico

75. Richard Wagner: Tannhauser: Overture

74. Maurice Ravel: Bolero

73. Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

72. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet A Major: IV

71. George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

70. Franz Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

69. Igor Stravinsky: Firebird: Finale

68. Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2 in C-sharp Minor

67. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles

66. Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

65. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto #20: III. Rondeau: Allegro assai

64. Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace

63. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G Major, Op. 58

62. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite

61. Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov: Symphony #1

60. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 97 in B-flat Major "Archduke"

59. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

58. Tomaso Albinoni: Adagio (G Minor)

57. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

56. Antonin Dvorák: Symphony #8

55. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze (from Cantata #208)

54. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D Major, BWV 1050

53. Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights

52. Gustav Mahler: Symphony #1 in D Major "Titan": II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

51. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

50. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

49. Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Major

48. Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto #2 in G Minor, Op. 22: III. Presto

47. Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto: I

46. Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto

45. Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 "Italian": I

44. Johann Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue

43. Gustav Mahler: Symphony #5: III. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell

42. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

41. Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto

40. Bedrich Smetana: Ma Vlast: The Moldau

39. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

38. Johannes Brahms: Symphony #1

37. Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

36. Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto

35. Antonin Dvorák: String Quartet #12 "American": I-Allegro

34. Antonin Dvorák: Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 #8 in G Minor

33. Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations: Nimrod

32. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 "Waldstein": I-Allegro Assai

31. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #3 "Eroica": I

30. Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune

29. Gustav Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

28. George Frideric Handel: Water Music Suite #2 & 3

27. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

26. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

25. Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

24. Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata #147)

23. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3 in D Minor, Op. 30

22. Antonin Dvorák: Cello Concerto B Minor

21. Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

20. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite

19. Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue D Minor (BWV 565)

17. Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite

16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto A Major (K. 622)

15. Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

14. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

13. Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

12. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

11. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #5

10. Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony #3 "Organ"

9. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

8. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 "Emperor"

7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto, BWV 1043

6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony #41 "Jupiter"

5. Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral"

3. Antonin Dvorák: Symphony #9 "From the New World"

2. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #7

1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

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