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Classical Countdown

A Thanksgiving Tradition on Classical WETA 90.9 FM

Classical WETA's annual listeners' choice competition lets YOU determine the most popular classical pieces in the DC area. We play back the top 100 picks during Thanksgiving week, counting down to the top piece, which airs in its entirety on Thanksgiving night.  

The 2017 Classical Countdown Results

100. Mozart: Piano Concerto #20

99. Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

98. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

97. Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto

96. Benjamin: Oboe Concerto on Themes of Cimarosa

95. Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture

94. Brahms: Symphony #2

93. Faure: Pavane

92. Beethoven: "Archduke" Piano Trio

91. Brahms: Symphony #3

90. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5

89. Mozart: String Quintet in C Major

88. Beethoven: "Pathétique" Sonata

87. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

86. Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

85. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3

84. Bach: Keyboard Concerto, BWV 1056

83. Bizet: Carmen Suite

82. Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture

81. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2

80. Marais: The Bells of St. Genevieve

79. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

78. Albinoni: Adagio

77. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

76. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

75. Bernstein: Candide Overture

74. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

73. Copland: Hoe-Down (from "Rodeo")

72. Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

71. Sibelius: Finlandia

70. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

69. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

68. Rossini: William Tell Overture

67. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

66. Ravel: Boléro

65. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #3

64. Brahms: Piano Concerto #2

63. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

62. Schubert: String Quintet

61. Brahms: Double Concerto

60. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4

59. Dvorak: "American" String Quartet

58. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

57. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

56. Brahms: Violin Concerto

55. Beethoven: Triple Concerto

54. Beethoven: Für Elise

53. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

52. Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

51. Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 "Italian"

50. Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 "Scottish"

49. Bach: Double Violin Concerto

48. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

47. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

46. Mozart: Symphony #38 "Prague"

45. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

44. Elgar: Enigma Variations

43. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

42. Tchaikovsky: The Nutracker Suite

41. Mozart: Symphony #40

40. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

39. Mahler: Symphony #1 "Titan"

38. Beethoven: Symphony #3 "Eroica"

37. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

36. Barber: Adagio for Strings

35. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

34. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

33. Pachelbel: Canon

32. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

31. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

30. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

29. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

28. Grieg: Piano Concerto

27. Mozart: Symphony #41 "Jupiter"

26. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

25. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

24. Copland: Appalachian Spring

23. Brahms: Symphony #4

22. Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata

21. Debussy: Clair de lune

20. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1

19. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

18. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

17. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

16. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

15. Chopin: "Revolutionary" Etude

14. Handel: Water Music

13. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

12. Brahms: Symphony #1

11. Smetana: The Moldau

10. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 "Organ"

9. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 "Emperor"

8. Beethoven: Symphony #5

7. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

6. Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral"

5. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

4. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

3. Beethoven: Symphony #7

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

1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 "Choral"

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