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Catherine Bott continues her look back at Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2014 by playing works by the composers with the most entries in the chart.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had the most entries in the 2014 Classic FM Hall of Fame - 21 in total, followed closely by Beethoven with 18. In joint third place were Bach and Tchaikovsky with 12 each, and joint fifth were Elgar and Brahms with 8 each.
Seventh equal with seven works each were Sibelius and Vaughan Williams, and 10th equal with 6 works were John Williams, Wagner, Schubert, Shostakovich and Dvorak.
Tonight, Catherine Bott continues our look back at the 2014 chart with some of the composers who had the most entries.
If any one composer in history was hyped to breaking point, it has to be Brahms (pictured). For a variety of reasons, he was seen as the natural successor to Beethoven, whose legacy cast a long shadow over the 19th century. Basically, everyone was expecting Brahms to pull out the big guns and follow Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. So when Brahms took 21 years to come up with the goods (he began sketches for the work in 1855), expectation was high. The conductor for his first symphony's premiere, Hans von Bülow, even referred to it as 'Beethoven's Tenth', a term which has stuck. It's true that there are quotes and references to Beethoven work within the symphony, but it's more of a homage than a case of plagiarism. As Brahms himself commented, "any ass can see that."
Ralph Vaughan Wiliams: The Wasps – Overture
Mark Elder conducts The Halle Orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
George Frederic Handel: Zadok the Priest
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major (‘The Trout’)
Jean Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Leif Segerstam conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Elgar: Salut d’Amour
Cello: Natalie Clein
Vernon Handley conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra