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Classical Countdown

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 2019 Classical Countdown Results

100. Verdi: Grand March from "Aida"

99. Chopin: Ballade #1 in G Minor

98. Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

97. Schubert: Symphony #5

96. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

95. Grieg: Holberg Suite

94. Grieg: Peer Gynt

93. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

92. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2

91. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

90. Debussy: Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun"

89. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

88. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

87. Mahler: Symphony #5

86. Brahms: Violin Concerto

85. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

84. Schubert: Symphony #8 "Unfinished"

83. Kalinnikov: Symphony #1

82. Beethoven: "Archduke" Piano Trio

81. Albinoni: Adagio

80. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

79. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

78. Bernstein: Candide Overture

77. Beethoven: "Pathétique" Piano Sonata

76. Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture

75. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

74. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals

73. Strauss, Johann II: Blue Danube Waltz

72. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

71. Beethoven: Für Elise

70. Beethoven: "Waldstein" Piano Sonata

69. Dvorak: Symphony #7

68. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1

67. Ravel: Bolero

66. Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

65. Wagner: Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde"

64. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

63. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

62. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1

61. Mahler: Symphony #1 "Titan"

60. Brahms: Symphony #3

59. Bizet: Carmen Suite

58. Bach: Double Violin Concerto

57. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 "Pathétique"

56. Brahms: Piano Concerto #2

55. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

54. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

53. Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto

52. Marais: The Bells of St. Genevieve

51. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

50. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

49. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

48. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

47. Schubert: String Quintet

46. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

45. Rossini: William Tell Overture

44. Brahms: Symphony #1

43. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

42. Beethoven: Symphony #3 "Eroica"

41. Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

40. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

39. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

38. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

37. Sibelius: Finlandia

36. Elgar: Enigma Variations

35. Beethoven: Triple Concerto

34. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

33. Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

32. Holst: The Planets

31. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

30. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5

29. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

28. Handel: Water Music

27. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

26. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

25. Smetana: The Moldau

24. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

23. Mozart: Symphony #41 "Jupiter"

22. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

21. Debussy: Clair de Lune

20. Chopin: "Heroic" Polonaise

19. Copland: Appalachian Spring

18. Barber: Adagio for Strings

17. Beethoven: Symphony #5

16. Grieg: Piano Concerto

15. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

14. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

13. Saint-Saens: "Organ" Symphony

12. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

11. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

10. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

9. Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral"

8. Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata

7. Beethoven: "Emperor" Piano Concerto

6. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

5. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

4. Beethoven: Symphony #7

3. Pachelbel: Canon

2. Dvorak: "New World" Symphony

1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 "Choral"

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