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Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame 2020

1 January 2021, 18:42 | Updated: 2 January 2021, 09:23

The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame
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We count down the top 300 most voted-for pieces in the Classic FM Hall of Fame’s 25-year history.

The Classic FM Hall of Fame began in 1996 and has been a staple on Classic FM ever since.

This year, it was the 25th countdown in the chart’s history, and to mark this milestone we’re broadcasting a ‘chart-of-charts’ over the festive period.

Below we reveal a new Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame top 300, which reflects the last quarter-of-a-century of the UK’s classical music tastes.

Listen to the Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame on Classic FM from Monday 28 December to Friday 1 January, 10am-7pm.

The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame 2020 – full list

300. Bruch: Adagio Appassionato

299. Gershwin: Piano Concerto

298. Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand

297. Lehar: The Merry Widow

296. Williams: Indiana Jones

295. Elgar: Coronation Ode (Land of Hope and Glory)

294. Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu

293. Delibes: Coppélia

292. Preisner: Requiem for My Friend

291. Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

290. Dvořák: Slavonic Dances

289. Binge: The Watermill

288. Mahler: Symphony No. 4

287. Elgar: Sea Pictures

286. Franck: Panis Angelicus

285. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

284. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in Eb major

283. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 2

282. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

281. Beethoven: Fidelio

280. Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass

279. Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate

278. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2

277. Satie: 6 Gnossiennes

276. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

275. Tavener: Song for Athene

274. Rossini: The Barber of Seville

273. Delius: Koanga

272. Jenkins: Requiem

271. Mitchell: Seven Wonders Suite

270. Lord: Durham Concerto

269. Kirkhope: Banjo Kazooie

268. Binge: Sailing By

267. Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D

266. Hess: Piano Concerto

265. Shimomura: Kingdom Hearts

264. Schubert: Impromptus Opus 90

263. Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela

262. Marquez: Conga del Fuego

261. Bach: Cantata No. 140

260. Verdi: Rigoletto

259. Sibelius: Andante Festivo

258. Soule: The Elder Scrolls

257. Wagner: Götterdammerung

256. Stanley: Trumpet Voluntary

255. Elgar: Serenade for Strings

254. Piazzolla: Libertango

253. Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

252. Britten: Peter Grimes

251. Rachmaninov: Vespers (All-Night Vigil)

250. Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing

249. Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (‘Symphony of a Thousand’)

248. Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet

247. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies

246. Brahms: Symphony No. 3

245. Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

244. Beethoven: Triple Concerto

243. Hawes: Quanta Qualia

242. Elgar: Salut d’Amour

241. Vaughan Williams: The Wasps

240. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

239. Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean

238. Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus

237. Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 ('Classical')

236. Parry: I Was Glad

235. Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1

234. Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremburg

233. Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D minor

232. Schubert: Ave Maria

231. Mussorgsky: Night on a Bare Mountain

230. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

229. Wagner: Siegfried

228. Parry: Jerusalem

227. Márquez: Danzón No. 2

226. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

225. Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite

224. Brahms: Symphony No. 1

223. Binge: Elizabethan Serenade

222. Rutter: Requiem

221. Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

220. Vivaldi: Motet in E major

219. Gluck: Orfeo and Euridice

218. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1

217. Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (‘Unfinished’)

216. Bellini: Norma

215. Grieg: Lyric Pieces

214. Bach: Cantata No. 208

213. Wagner: Lohengrin

212. Borodin: String Quartet No. 2

211. Stravinsky: The Firebird

210. Brahms: Symphony No. 4

209. Bruch: Kol Nidrei

208. Haydn: The Creation

207. Elgar: Introduction & Allegro for Strings

206. Walton: Crown Imperial

205. Shostakovich: The Unforgettable Year 1919

204. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto

203. Elgar: Violin Concerto

202. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

201. Armstrong: Romeo and Juliet

200. Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in C major

199. Uematsu: Final Fantasy

198. Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium

197. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1

196. Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delila

195. Elgar: Symphony No.1

194. Barry: Out of Africa

193. Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4

192. Litolff: Concerto Symphonique No. 4

191. Elgar: Chanson de Matin

190. Williams: Jurassic Park

189. Schubert: Symphony No. 5

188. Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, Opus 9 No. 2

187. Beethoven: Choral Fantasia

186. Jenkins: Palladio

185. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (‘Jupiter’)

184. Johann Strauss: Radetsky March

183. Schumann: Piano Concerto

182. Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra

181. Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (‘Titan’)

180. Debussy: Prélude a l’après midi d’un faune

179. Rossini: The Thieving Magpie

178. Puccini: Turandot

177. Hess: Ladies in Lavender

176. Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness

175. Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne

174. MacCunn: The Land of the Mountain and the Flood

173. Zipoli: Elevazione

172. Handel: Xerses

171. Glass: Violin Concerto

170. Handel: Sarabande

169. Barry: Dances with Wolves

168. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3

167. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

166. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23

165.Williams: Saving Private Ryan

164. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

163. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1

162. Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (‘Italian’)

161. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

160. Finzi: Eclogue

159. Einaudi: I Giorni

158. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20

157. Mozart: Don Giovanni

156. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

155. Dvořák: Rusalka

154. Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien

153. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

152. Barber: Violin Concerto

151. Gounod: Mors et Vita

150. Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (‘Great’)

149. Vivaldi: Gloria in D major

148. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

147. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

146. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

145. Beethoven: Romance No. 2

144. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

143. Bach: Goldberg Variations

142. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

141. Mozart: Symphony No. 40

140. Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 (‘Für Elise’)

139. Addinsell: Dangerous Moonlight

138. Zimmer: Gladiator

137. Vaughan Williams: English Folksongs Suite

136. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

135. Puccini: Tosca

134. Rossini: William Tell

133. Williams: Harry Potter

132. Beethoven: Egmont Overture

131. Grieg: Holberg Suite

130. Jenkins: Adiemus

129. Copland: Appalachian Spring

128. Bach: Cantata No. 147

127. Borodin: Prince Igor

126. Verdi: Aida

125. Einaudi: Le Onde

124. Schubert: String Quintet D.956

123. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

122. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 (‘Pathétique’)

121. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty

120. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 2

119. Williams: Star Wars

118. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

117. The Mission (includes ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’)

116. Fauré: Pavane

115. Satie: 3 Gymnopédies

114. Wagner: Tristan and Isolde

113. Dvořák: Cello Concerto

112. Bizet: Carmen

111. Bach: Cello Suites

110. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

109. Brahms: Violin Concerto

108. Handel: Water Music Suites

107. Brahms: A German Requiem

106. Delibes: Lakmé (includes ‘Flower Duet’)

105. Mozart: Così fan Tutte

104. Tallis: Spem in Alium

103. Verdi: La Traviata

102. Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

101. Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

100. Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

99. Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

98. Saint-Säens: Carnival of the Animals

97. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

96. Saint-Säens: Danse Macabre

95. Schubert: Piano Quintet (‘Trout’)

94. Sibelius: Violin Concerto

93. Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow

92. Bach: Mass in B minor

91. Mozart: Solemn Vespers

90. Gorecki: Symphony No.3 (‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’)

89. Ravel: Boléro

88. Williams: Schindler’s List

87. Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto

86. Shore: The Lord of the Rings

85. Massenet: Thaïs

84. Wagner: Die Walküre

83. Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

82. Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches

81. Wagner: Tannhäuser

80. Bach: St. Matthew Passion

79. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

78: Verdi: Requiem

77. Johann Strauss: By the Beautiful Blue Danube

76. Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs

75. Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

74. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (‘Resurrection’)

73. Puccini: Madame Butterfly

72. Puccini: La Bohème

71. Khachaturian: Spartacus

70. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

69. Orff: Carmina Burana

68. Handel: Solomon

67. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

66. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2

65. Ungar: The Ashokan Farewell

64. Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

63. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

62. Verdi: Nabucco

61. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 (‘Eroica’)

60. Sibelius: Karelia Suite

59. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1

58. Widor: Organ Symphony No. 5

57. Shostakovich: The Gadfly

56. Mozart: The Magic Flute

55. Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

54. Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

53. Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

52. Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

51. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

50. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

49. Albinoni: Adagio in G minor

48. Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

47. Handel: Coronation Anthems

46. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

45. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 (‘Pathétique’)

44. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor

43. Smetana: Má Vlast (includes ‘Vltava’)

42. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

41. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

40. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

39. Mahler: Symphony No. 5

38. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

37. Bach: Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins

36. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

35. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2

34. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3

33. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

32. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 (‘Moonlight’)

31. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21

30. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

29. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

28. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

27. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

26. Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

25. Vivaldi: Four Seasons

24. Fauré: Requiem

23. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

22. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

21. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

20. Sibelius: Finlandia

19. Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (‘From the New World’)

18. Mozart: Requiem

17. Handel: Messiah

16. Saint-Säens: Symphony No. 3 (‘Organ’)

15. Grieg: Piano Concerto

14. Allegri: Miserere

13. Holst: The Planets

12. Pachelbel: Canon in D major

11. Barber: Adagio for Strings

10. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

9. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (‘Choral’)

8. Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1

7. Elgar: Cello Concerto

6. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’)

5. Elgar: Enigma Variations

4. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (‘Emperor’)

3. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

2. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

1. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

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