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Classic 100: Composer – Top 10 and Selected Highlights

Classic 100: Composer

The Top Ten & Selected Highlights

Who is your favourite composer?

TheClassic 100, Australia’s favourite classical music countdown, this year asked Australia the big question. The votes poured in: for the household names, the ‘one-hit wonders’ and for the unsung heroes, for the giants of the past and the voices of today. Composers of mighty symphonies, grand operas and intimate piano jewels; of timeless meditations, enchanting ballets and stirring film scores. The result was a dazzling array of 100 composers from 15 countries, stretching across nine centuries of music.

The full list of names was announced live on air over the long weekend in June, counting down from No. 100 to the ‘winner’, Ludwig van Beethoven, at No. 1. It’s the definitive ranking of Australia’s favourite composers.

This 2CD album offers a handy ‘field guide’ to that list: the top ten composers, plus a selection of highlights from across the full hundred, giving a taste of the extraordinary variety of styles, eras and genres. The timeless purity of medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen; the sultry tangos of Astor Piazzolla. The irrepressible good humour of Haydn; the solemn beauty of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; the towering might of Wagner and the delicate flight of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending.

It’s a wonderful way to dip your toe into the vast ocean of classical music, or introduce a friend to the glories of these magnificent composers.

TRACKLIST

CD1

Rank

1     BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

1

2     JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro

2

3     MOZART Symphony No. 40: I. Molto allegro

3

4     TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

4

5     HANDEL Zadok the Priest

5

6     VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro

6

7     CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

7

8     SCHUBERT Trout Quintet: IV. Theme and Variations

8

9     RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Moderato

9

10    ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod

10

11    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending – excerpt

11

CD2

1     MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

12

2     WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: Main Title

15

3     KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans:Eliza Aria

16

4     MAHLER Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto

20

5     HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: III. Allegro

25

6     HILDEGARD OF BINGEN O eterne Deus

33

7     WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries

35

8     FAURÉ Pavane

39

9     RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito

54

10    BARBER Adagio for Strings

61

11    KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

63

12    PIAZZOLLA Libertango

64

13    EINAUDI I giorni

65

14    PACHELBEL Canon

78

15    ORFF Carmina burana: O Fortuna

99

Release
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