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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 2018 Classical Countdown Results

100. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Overture

99. Offenbach: Gaite parisienne

98. Dvorak: Symphony #8

97. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1

96. Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 "Italian"

95. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5

94. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

93. Faure: Pavane

92. Liszt: Les Preludes

91. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #6

90. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

89. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

88. Mozart: Piano Concerto #20

87. Dvorak: Piano Quintet

86. Kalinnikov: Symphony #1

85. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (The Swan)

84. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 "Pathetique"

83. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4

82. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

81. Strauss, Johann II: Blue Danube Waltz

80. Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

79. Khachaturian: Sabre Dance

78. Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

77. Elgar: Enigma Variations

76. Beethoven: Symphony #3 "Eroica"

75. Rossini: William Tell Overture

74. Marais: The Bells of St. Genevieve

73. Chopin: Ballade #1

72. Chopin: Heroic Polonaise (Op. 53)

71. Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto

70. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1

69. Brahms: Piano Concerto #2

68. Bernstein: Candide Overture

67. Brahms: Symphony #4

66. Schubert: Symphony #8 "Unfinished"

65. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

64. Mozart: Symphony #40

63. Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles

62. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

61. Beethoven: Triple Concerto

60. Bach: Violin Concerto in E Major (BWV 1042)

59. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite

58. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

57. Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

56. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

55. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 "Waldstein"

54. Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

53. Bizet: Carmen Suite

52. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

51. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565)

50. Bach: Double Violin Concerto (BWV 1043)

49. Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

48. Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

47. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

46. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

45. Gershwin: An American in Paris

44. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

43. Dvorak: String Quartet #12 "American"

42. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

41. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"

40. Barber: Adagio for Strings

39. Schubert: String Quintet

38. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

37. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

36. Mahler: Symphony #1 "Titan"

35. Debussy: Clair de Lune

34. Brahms: Violin Concerto

33. Ravel: Bolero

32. Handel: Water Music

31. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

30. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

29. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

28. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

27. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

26. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

25. Sibelius: Finlandia

24. Mozart: Symphony #41 "Jupiter"

23. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

22. Copland: Appalachian Spring

21. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

20. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

19. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

18. Smetana: The Moldau

17. Grieg: Piano Concerto

16. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

15. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

14. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

13. Pachelbel: Canon

12. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

11. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 "Organ"

10. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 "Emperor"

9. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

8. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

7. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

6. Beethoven: Symphony #5

5. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

4. Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral"

3. Beethoven: Symphony #7

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

1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 "Choral"

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