Hall of Fame 2009 the top 64

See the top 64 of the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2009. Then download and buy your favourites from our list of recommended classical recordings...

Ralph Vaughan Williams


1 (1)Vaughan Williams    The Lark Ascending

No.1 for a 3rd year. Highest of 11 entries for Vaughan Williams in 2009.   

Hear it on: Nicola Benedetti with Andrew Litton and the London Philharmonic Orchestra   - Vaughan Williams & Tavener

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2 (2) Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

Non-mover. Highest of Rachmaninov's 4 entries.   

Hear it on: Lang Lang with Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev - Rachmaninov

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3 (3) Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Non-mover: holds on to its highest-ever chart position. 10th of Vaughan Williams's 11 entries.

Hear it on: André Previn & London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Enigma Variations & Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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4 (4) Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'


Non-mover. Retains its highest ever place. Highest of Beethoven's 19 entries.

Hear it on: Hélène Grimaud, Staatskapelle Dresden & Vladimir Jurowski - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Piano Sonata No. 28

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5 (5) Beethoven:Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

Non-mover. Retains its highest place since 1998. 19th of Beethoven's 19 entries.

Hear it on: Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra - LSO Live Beethoven: Symphonies No. 6 & 2

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6 (6) Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

Non-mover. Equals 2008's lowest ever position. Highest of Mozart's 20 entries.

Hear it on: David Shifrin, Gerard Schwarz & Mostly Mozart Orchestra - Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A - Clarinet Quintet in A

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7 (8) Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

Up 1 for a former Hall of Fame No.1, which is the highest of Bruch's 4 entries.

Hear it on: Janine Jansen, Leipzig Gewandhaus-Orchester & Riccardo Chailly - Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos (Bonus Track Version)

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8 ( 7)   Elgar: Cello Concerto

Down 1. Lowest position since 2004. Highest of Elgar's 11 entries.

Hear it on: Jacqueline Du Pre, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli - Elgar: Cello Concerto & Sea Pictures

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9 (10) Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral'

Up 1. Beethoven has 19 entries on the chart; this is the 17th. What remains?

Hear it on: Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - "Choral" 

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10 (9) Elgar: Enigma Variations

Down 1.

Hear it on: London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Enigma Variations, Introduction & Allegro

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11 (11) Pachelbel: Canon in D

Non-mover. Retains its highest position since 2003.

Hear it on: Harmonie Universelle - Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue

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12 (17)  Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Up 5. Highest of Grieg's 4 entries on the chart this year.

Hear it on: Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra & Van Cliburn - Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto

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13 (13) Jenkins: The Armed Man 'A Mass for Peace'

Non-mover. Highest of Jenkins' 5 entries and highest-placed contemporary work.

Hear it on: National Youth Choir of Great Britain - The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace)

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14 (23) Saint-Säens : Symphony No.3 in C minor ‘Organ’

Up 9. Highest of Saint-Säens' 4 entries in this year's Hall of Fame.

Hear it on: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Gaston Litaize & Orchestre de Paris - Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, "Organ"

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15 (12) Barber: Adagio for Strings

Down 3. Highest of Barber's 2 entries.

Hear it on: Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic - Barber's Adagio and other Romantic Favorites for Strings

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16 (16) Holst: The Planets

Highest of Holst's 2 entries. Retains its highest ever position, achieved last year.

Hear it on: Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle - Holst: The Planets

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17 (18) Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Up 1. Highest ever chart position, and the highest of Tchaikovsky's 13 entries.

Hear it on: Berliner Philharmoniker & Claudio Abbado - Tchaikovsky: "1812" Overture; Solennelle

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18 (25) Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez

Up 6, to its highest ever chart position. 2nd of Rodrigo's 2 entries on the chart.

Hear it on: Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra & John Williams - Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Villa-Lobos: Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra

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19 (24) Allegri: Miserere

Up 5. Highest position since 1998.

Hear it on: Harry Christophers & The Sixteen - Allegri - Miserere & Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli

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20 (22) Ungar: The Ashokan Farewell

Up 2. Highest position since 2005.

Hear it on: The Ashokan Farewell: Captain JR Perkins & The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marine

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21 (30) Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E minor

Hear it on: André Previn & London Symphony Orchestra - Great Recordings of the Century - Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

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22 (27) Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A

Hear it on: Carlos Kleiber & Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

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23 (39) Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F

Hear it on: Dimitry Shostakovich, Jr., I Musici De Montreal & Maxim Shostakovich - Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Symphony for Strings

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24 (28)  Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E minor ‘New World’

Hear it on: Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Dvorák: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 9

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25 (19) Mozart: Requiem

Hear it on: London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis - Mozart: Requiem (LSO Live)

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26 (21) Sibelius: Finlandia

Hear it on: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra & Neeme Jarvi - Sibelius: Finlandia, Luonnotar, Karelia Suite

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27 (20) Handel: Messiah

Hear it on: Anne Sofie von Otter, English Concert, The English Concert Choir & Trevor Pinnock - Handel: Messiah

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28 (26) Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

Hear it on: Julia Varady, Luciano Pavarotti, Piero Cappuccilli & Terry Edwards - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

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29 (37) Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Hear it on: Jeff Tyzik, Jon Nakamatsu & Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra - Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture

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30 (15) Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Hear it on: Lang Lang - Rachmaninov, with Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev

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31 (34) Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Hear it on: Gustavo Dudamel & Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

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32 (46) Shore: Lord of the Rings

Hear it on: Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - The Complete Recordings

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33 (40) Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Hear it on: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan & Michel Schwalbé - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

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34(14) Vivaldi: Four Seasons

Hear it on: Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

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35 (36) Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

Hear it on: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Nicola Benedetti - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

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36 (279) Handel - Zadok the Priest

Hear it on: Academy of Ancient Music & Choir of New College, Oxford - Coronation

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37 (29) Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor ‘Moonlight’

Hear it on: Daniel Barenboim - Beethoven: "Moonlight", "Appassionata" & "Pathétique" Sonatas

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38 (38) Fauré: Requiem

Hear it on: Harry Christophers, Elin Manahan Thomas, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & The Sixteen - Fauré: Requiem

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39 (31)  Bizet: The Pearl Fishers – Duet

Hear it on: Andrea Bocelli - Aria: The Opera Album

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40 (32) Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minor

Hear it on: Hilary Hahn, Jeffrey Kahane & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos

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41 (41) Rachmaninov    Piano Concerto No.3

Non-mover. 1st of 4 appearances from Rachmaninov - all in the Top 50. 

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42 (42) Tchaikovsky    Swan Lake

Non-mover. Tchaikovsky's highest-placed ballet, and his 12th entry of 13.

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43(35) Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No.1

Down 8. 11th of Tchaikovsky's 13 entries.    

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44 (49) Mozart    Piano Concerto No.21

18th of Mozart's 20 entries. This one climbs 5 places in 2009.

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45 (48) Mahler    Symphony No.5

After 3 fallers, Mahler's 4th and final entry climbs 3 places this year.

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46 (64)Debussy    Suite Bergamasque

Up 18. Highest ever chart position - and the highest of 2 entries for Debussy.

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47 (82) Strauss    Four Last Songs

Up 35. Highest ever position. Richard Strauss is a One Hit Wonder on our chart.

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48 (77) Tchaikovsky    Symphony No.6 (Pathétique)

Up 29. 10th of Tchaikovsky's 13 entries.    

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49 (43) Grieg    Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Down 6. 3rd of Grieg's 4 entries this year.    

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50 (60) Smetana    Ma Vlast

Up 10. In the Hall of Fame, Smetana is a One Hit Wonder.  

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51 (74) Vaughan Williams    Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Up 13. 9th of Vaughan Williams' 11 entries. Where will last year's No.1 chart?

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52 (74) Tchaikovsky    Symphony No.5

Up 36. Highest ever chart position. 9th of Tchaikovsky's 13 entries.    

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53 (47) Mendelssohn    Hebrides Overture

Down 6. 5th of Mendelssohn's 6 entries.    

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54 (73) Sibelius    Karelia Suite

Up 19. Best ever chart position, and the 4th of 5 entries for Sibelius this year.

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55 (67) Elgar    Pomp and Circumstance Marches

Up 12. 9th of Elgar's 11 entries on this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame.   

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56 (96) Butterworth    The Banks of Green Willow

Up 40. Highest ever chart position. Another Hall of Fame One Hit Wonder.  

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57 (33) Bach    Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Down 24. 12th of Bach's 13 entries on this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame.

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58 (202) Hess    Ladies in Lavender

Up a massive 144 places but not 2009's highest climber. 2nd of Hess's 2 entries.

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59 (45) Beethoven    Violin Concerto in D

Down 14. Lowest ever chart position. 13th of Beethoven's 19 entries.    

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60 (118) Borodin    In the Steppes of Central Asia

Up 58. Highest ever chart position, and the highest of Borodin's 3 entries.

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61 (70) Beethoven    Symphony No.3 ('Eroica')

Up 9. 12th of Beethoven's 19 entries - and the 1st of his symphonies to appear.    

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62 (62) Morricone    The Mission

Non-mover. Retains its highest ever position. Another One Hit Wonder.

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63 (54) Fauré    Cantique de Jean Racine


Down 9, to its lowest ever chart position. 2nd of 3 entries for Fauré this year.

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64 (83) Khachaturian    Spartacus


Up 19. Highest of Khachaturian's 2 entries, both in their highest ever position.  

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