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To kick off the voting for this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame, we asked the great and good of the classical music world to give us their votes for the 2013 chart. So, click through to see what the likes of Eric Whitacre, Daniel Hope, John Rutter, Valery Gergiev, Gabriel Prokofiev, Nicola Benedetti and the Classic FM presenters have gone for...
Presenter of Classic FM's More Music Breakfast Tim Lihoreau has decided to celebrate the centenary year of Benjamin Britten's birth by cramming three Britten works into his vote for this year's Hall of Fame.<br><br> 1. Britten - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes<br> 2. Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra<br> 3. Britten - Hymn to the Virgin
Choral legend and occasional synth-pop artist Eric Whitacre sheds light on his favourite three pieces for our Hall of Fame 2013. <br><br> 1. Bach - Goldberg Variations<br> 2. Stravinsky - Rite Of Spring<br> 3. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, epic Classic FM interviewee and now Hall of Fame voter! The great Valery Gergiev shared his choices with us. <br><br> 1. Schubert - 'Great' Symphony in C Major<br> 2. Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina<br> 3. Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic went for Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Why? "He found the ideal combination of sensuality, humour, and compassion for the human condition."
Andrew Skeet has recently been evangelising the merits of video game music (thanks to his superb album of gaming soundtracks with the LPO), but for our Hall of Fame he's gone for a fabulous bit of film music: 'Elegy for Dunkirk' from Dario Marianelli's score to Atonement.
Our very own Anne-Marie Minhall lets us know exactly which pieces she's gone for in this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame, and tells us exactly how some new recordings of classic works have influenced her choices.<br><br> 1. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis<br> 2. Dvorak - Symphony No. 9<br> 3. Korngold - Violin Concerto
Which of choral composer and conductor John Rutter's picks is like a box of chocolates? You'll have to watch his video to find out...<br><br> 1. Bach - Mass in B minor<br> 2. Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe<br> 3. Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2
Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time picks up a vote from cellist Tomas Djupsjöbacka of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and notes exactly why this innovative work is worthy of your votes.
Joining us from a very nippy-looking Trafalgar Square, Tine Thing Helseth selects three top-notch pieces for the Hall of Fame. Another vote for Korngold, too - might he be this year's dark horse?<br><br> 1. Bach - Chaconne from Partita in D minor<br> 2. Chopin - The Winter Wind etude<br> 3. Korngold - Marietta's Lied
Harpist Claire Jones picked a typically string-heavy trio of pieces to vote for in this year's Hall of Fame, including one written by her husband (nothing wrong with a little bit of nepotism here and there...)<br><br> 1. Finzi - Romance<br> 2. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto<br> 3. Chris Marshall - Heartstrings
Classic FM's composer in residence and the presenter of Saturday Night at the Movies Howard Goodall waxes lyrical about his three votes for this year's Hall of Fame, including "Wagner's craziest opera."<br><br> 1. Solomon (including The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba)<br> 2. Marianelli - Pride and Prejudice<br> 3. Wagner - Parsifal
The man with the golden flute Sir James Galway dropped by to give us his votes for the Hall of Fame - and it's certainly a top three that John Suchet would approve of...<br><br> 1. Beethoven - Violin Concerto<br> 2. Beethoven - Emperor Piano Concerto<br> 3. Verdi - Rigoletto<br>
Nobuo Uematsu, composer of the music from the legendary Final Fantasy video games, shed some light on his top three pieces for our Hall of Fame when he popped into the Classic FM studio before Christmas (via an interpreter, of course). <br><br> 1. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6<br> 2. Nino Rota - Romeo and Juliet<br> 3. Ravel - Pavane for a Dead Princess
Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber told us all about his favourite three pieces for the Hall of Fame - no prizes for guessing his no. 1!<br><br> 1. Elgar - Cello Concerto<br> 2. Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1<br> 3. Delius - Walk to the Paradise Garden
Does the host of Smooth Classics go for a typically smooth selection for this year's Hall of Fame? Indeed she does, but she's also keen for a John Barry piece to make its first appearance in the chart...<br><br> 1. Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2<br> 2. Elgar - Cello Concerto<br> 3. Barry - The Beyondness of Things
Violinist Daniel Hope featured in our Classic FM Albums of the year when he played on Max Richter's Vivaldi: Recomposed project, but what piece would top his list? He told us in a video that definitely wins the prize for best location - he went for Brahms' Violin Concerto.
No fuss with this one - the fantastic violinist came straight out with her top three pieces for our Hall of Fame, and what belters they are. <br><br> 1. Bruckner Symphony No. 1<br> 2. Korngold - Violin Concerto<br> 3. Beethoven - Violin Concerto
As director of the Nonclassical record label and club night, Gabriel Prokofiev is very much a forward-looking figure in modern classical music - and it shows in his picks for this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame. <br><br> 1. Tansy Davies - Troubairitz<br> 2. Salvatore Sciarrino - Caprices for Solo Violin<br> 3. Sergei Prokofiev - War and Peace
Will he pick some Beethoven? Of course he will! Our resident Beethoven expert and host of our Hall of Fame hour every weekday John Suchet tells us his selections for this year's chart and why he wants to beat Mozart in 2013.<br><br> 1. Beethoven - Fidelio<br> 2. Strauss - Emperor Waltz<br> 3. Beethoven - Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello
Two big-hitters and one stirring bit of film music make up Nicholas Owen's trio of classics for the 2013 Hall of Fame.<br><br> 1. Mozart - Clarinet Concerto<br> 2. Handel - Messiah<br> 3. Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven
Tenor extraordinaire and moustache specialist Wynne Evans keeps true to his Welsh heritage with his no. 1 vote, but his other choices are a great mix of the great and the obscure.<br><br> 1. Karl Jenkins - The Armed Man<br> 2. Poulenc - Finale of The Dialogue of the Carmelites<br> 3. Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2
Clarinetist Emma Johnson took to her mobile phone camera to let us know exactly why she thinks Brahms' Symphony No. 4 should rocket straight to the top of this year's chart: "It's like the sun coming out from behind the clouds."
Conductor Arnie Roth is best known for conducting sell-out concerts of video game music, but when he came to the Classic FM studios to give us his Hall of Fame votes, he found it tricky to pick just one work by each of his selected composers... in the end, he hovered around Stravinsky's 'Sacre de Printemps', Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet and a lovely bit of Ligeti.
Another harpist picking harp pieces... Only kidding - Catrin Finch talks about how the magic of French impressionism and the only piece she can play on the piano. <br><br> 1. Debussy - Claire De Lune<br> 2. Ravel - Livre di Jour from Daphne et Chloe<br> 3. Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2
David Harrington of the eternally forward-looking Kronos Quartet picked one slightly surprising piece (or, more accurately, a performance) for his top three Hall of Fame votes, from the late Ravi Shankar.<br><br> 1. Wagner - Prelude to Tristan and Isolde<br> 2. Ravi Shankar & Alla Rakha - Monterey Pop Festival performance, 1967<br> 3. Tchaikovsky - Hymn to the Cherubim