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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 9, 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. Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles

89. Marais: The Bells of St. Genevieve

88. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

87. Prokofiev: Symphony #1 "Classical"

86. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

85. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2

84. Liszt: Les Préludes

83. Dvorak: Symphony #7

82. Dvorak: Piano Quintet

81. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

80. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

79. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

78. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

77. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1

76. Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

75. Faure: Pavane

74. Mahler: Symphony #5

73. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 "Pathétique"

72. Gershwin: An American in Paris

71. Bernstein, L: Overture to Candide

70. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

69. Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto #1

68. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1

67. Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto #5

66. Brahms: Symphony #1

65. Schubert: String Quintet

64. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

63. Ravel: Boléro

62. Brahms: Double Concerto

61. Mozart, W: Piano Concerto #21

60. Beethoven: Triple Concerto

59. Mozart, W: Overture to The Magic Flute

58. Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

57. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

56. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

55. Beethoven: Symphony #3 "Eroica"

54. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

53. Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

52. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

51. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

50. Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne

49. Mozart, W: Symphony #40

48. Bach, JS: Double Violin Concerto

47. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 "Waldstein"

46. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"

45. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

44. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

43. Dvorak: Symphony #8

42. Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto #2

41. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

40. Mozart, W: Clarinet Concerto

39. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 "Pathétique"

38. Elgar: Enigma Variations

37. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

36. Brahms: Violin Concerto

35. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

34. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

78. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

33. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

32. Smetana: The Moldau

31. Debussy: Clair de Lune

30. Bizet: Carmen Suite

29. Wagner: Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

28. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

27. Dvorak: String Quartet #12 "American"

26. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

25. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

24. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

23. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

22. Sibelius: Finlandia

21. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

20. Bach, JS: Sheep May Safely Graze

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

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

17. Beethoven: Symphony #5

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

15. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

14. Handel: Water Music

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

12. Barber: Adagio for Strings

11. Pachelbel: Canon

10. Copland: Appalachian Spring

9. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

8. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

7. Grieg: Piano Concerto

6. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

5. Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral"

4. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 "Emperor"

3. Beethoven: Symphony #7

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

1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 "Choral"

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