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New Year’s Day

Settling the score

For New Zealand’s thirteenth annual survey of the country’s best loved classical music our annual countdown was brought forward from New Year's Day to November. We built up to a live event, when the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and host John Campbell took to the stage of the Auckland Town Hall to perform ten of the most popular works in Settling the Score – Live.

Radio New Zealand Concert Manager, Roger Smith says this year’s listener response yielded “a fresh insight into the music audiences love most”.  “There’s certainly overwhelming interest in orchestral music, which is great news for our country’s orchestras!”

All day we counted down most of your favourite 65 orchestral works. Beginning with Sibelius's Karelia Suite at 8am and reaching John Psathas's Omnifenix just before 8pm, we traversed nearly four centuries' worth of music.

Then at 8pm, we crossed to Auckland for Settling the Score Live. Led by their Music Director Eckehard Stier, the APO played ten of your most beloved orchestral movements, drawing upon their own players as soloists.

We replayed the whole countdown on New Year's Day 2013.

8pm-10pm - live at the Auckland Town Hall

1. Holst: The Planets, Jupiter
Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

2. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Amalia Hall (vln), Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

3. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, 2nd mvt
James Fry (cl), Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

7. Elgar: Enigma Variations, Nimrod
Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

9. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, 1st mvt
Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck (cello), Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

10. Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 2nd mvt
Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

12. Dvořák: Symphony No 9 in E minor, 2nd mvt Largo
Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

16. Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor, 2nd mvt
Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

15. Strauss: Four Last Songs, Im Abendrot
Madeleine Pierard (sop), Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier

11. Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A, 4th mvt
Auckland Phil/Eckehard Stier


4. Psathas: Omnifenix
Joshua Redman (t.sax), Lance Philip (drum kit), New Zealand SO/Marc Taddei
Rattle RAT-DV 015
(introduced by Adam Page's loop "John!! John Psathas!!" from the album Seedy CD)

5. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, 3rd mvt
Alan Loveday (vln), Royal Danish Orch/George Hurst
Dynamic SF 70000

6. Mahler: Symphony No 8 in Eb, Pt 1
Edinburgh Festival Chorus, BBC Scottish SO/Donald Runnicles
BBC Music BBC MM 330


8. Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, 1st mvt
James Ehnes (vln), Montreal SO/Charles Dutoit

13. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
New Zealand SO/James Judd
Naxos 8.555867

14. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Mariinsky Orch/Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky MAR 0503

17. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, 3rd mvt
Pekka Kuusisto (vln), Helsinki Phil/Leif Segerstam
Ondine ODE 1075/2

18. Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor, 1st mvt
Vienna Phil/Simon Rattle
EMI 5 57165


19. Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 in C, 4th mvt
St Petersburg Phil/Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca 475 8748

20. Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Natalie Clein (cello), BBC Scottish SO/Ilan Volkov
Hyperion CDA 67910

21. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Summer)
Rainer Kussmaul (vln/dir) Berlin Baroque Soloists
Berlin Philharmonic 06003

22. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Pt 2
Cleveland Orch/Pierre Boulez
Sony SMK 64109


23. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, 2nd & 3rd mvts
Simon Trpčeski (pno), Royal Liverpool Phil/Vasily Petrenko
Avie AV 2192

24. Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony (Développement d’amour, Turangalîla 3, Final) 
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (pno), Takashi Harada (ondes), Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 470 627

25. Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C, Great, 2nd mvt
Berlin Phil/Klaus Tennstedt
Testament SBT 2 1449

26. Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture
New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young
Continuum CCD 1073


27. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, 1st mvt
Gautier Capuçon (cello), Frankfurt Radio SO/Paavo Järvi
Virgin S 19035

28. Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C# minor, 4th mvt (Adagietto)
New York Phil/Zubin Mehta
Teldec 2292 46152

29. Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Organ, 2nd mvt
Olivier Latry (org), Philadelphia Orch/Christoph Eschenbach
Ondine ODE 1094

30. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Overture
Orch of St John’s, Smith Square/John Lubbock
Resonance CD RSN 3072


31. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, 4th mvt
West-Eastern Divan Orch/Daniel Barenboim
Decca 478 2719

32. Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B minor, 1st mvt
Swedish CO/Thomas Dausgaard

33. Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F, 5th mvt
Tonhalle Orch, Zürich/David Zinman
Arte Nova 74321 49695

34. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, 2nd mvt
Ilya Gringolts (vln), Israel Phil/Itzhak Perlman
DG 471 616

35. Farr: From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs, Pt 2
New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young
Trust MMT 2021


36. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 3rd mvt
San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas
RCA 09026 68930

37. Copland: Appalachian Spring, excerpt
Unnamed ensemble/Aaron Copland
CBS MK 42431

38. Mahler: Symphony No 2, Resurrection, 4th mvt ('Urlicht')
Anna Larsson (contralto), Lucerne Festival Orch/Claudio Abbado
DG 477 5082

39. Stravinsky: The Firebird, excerpt
Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 458 142

40. Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in Eb, 3rd mvt
Philharmonia Orch/Christoph von Dohnányi
Signum SIGCD 169


41. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 in Eb, Emperor, 3rd mvt
Alfred Brendel (pno), Chicago SO/James Levine
Philips 470 938

42. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Freddy Kempf (pno), Bergen Phil/Andrew Litton

43. Mozart: Symphony No 40, 1st mvt
English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
Philips 426 315

44. Ravel: Alborada del Grazioso
National Orch of France/Eliahu Inbal
Brilliant Classics 6980

45. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, 1st mvt
James Ehnes (vln), Philharmonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy
Onyx 4060


46. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, 2nd mvt
Xuefei Yang (gtr), Barcelona SO/Eiji Oue
EMI 6 98361

47. Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia, from Spartacus
Christchurch Symphony/Marc Taddei
Atoll ACD 401

48. Górecki: Symphony No 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, 2nd mvt
Dawn Upshaw (sop), London Sinfonietta/David Zinman
Elektra Nonesuch 7559 79282

49. Ravel: Boléro
Vienna Phil/Lorin Maazel
RCA 09026 68600


50. Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Oslo Phil/Mariss Jansons
Chandos CHAN 8460

51. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, 1st & last mvts
Philadelphia Orch/Christoph Eschenbach
Ondine ODE 1072

52. Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Auckland Phil/Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Universal 99172

53. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor , 1st mvt
Murray Perahia (pno), Bavarian Radio SO/Colin Davis
Philips 456 922


54. Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
New Zealand SO/James Sedares
Universal 399 8782

55. Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Anima Aeterna/Jos van Immerseel
Zigzag ZZT 050502

56. Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G , 4th mvt
Anu Komsi (sop), Stuttgart Radio SO/Roger Norrington
Hänssler CD 93.164

57. Mahler: Symphony No 9 in D , 3rd mvt
BBC Phil/Kurt Sanderling
BBC Legends BBCL 4232

58. Albinoni: Adagio in G minor
Scottish CO/Jaime Laredo
Regis RRC 1160

59. Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor, 4th mvt
Russian National Orch/Yakov Kreizbert
Pentatone PTC 5186


60. Lilburn: Four Canzonas
Vector Wellington Orch/Kenneth Young
VWO 001

61. Debussy: Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune
Royal Scottish National Orch/Stéphane Denève
Chandos CHSA 5102

62. Prokofiev: Montagues & Capulets from Romeo & Juliet
Royal Phil/Daniele Gatti
Conifer 75605 51343

63. Delius: La Calinda, from Koanga
Symphony Nova Scotia/Georg Tintner

64. Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
L’Oiseau-Lyre 425 696

65. Sibelius: Karelia Suite (Alla Marcia)
Lahti SO/Osmo Vänskä
BIS CD 918