22 Oct 2018

Settling The Score 2018: Hear The Top 75

From Settling the Score, 6:00 pm on 22 October 2018

Listen to New Zealand's favourite classical music for 2018, as voted for by RNZ Concert listeners.

Carol the Meadow Lark. Illustration by Louis Agassiz Fuertes of an Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna), from The Burgess Bird Book for Children

Illustration by Louis Agassiz Fuertes of an Eastern Meadowlark. Photo: Public Domain

For the third year in a row, and the majority of the preceding decade, Vaughan Williams interpretation of the poem by George Meredith as a "pastoral romance for orchestra" is New Zealand's most-loved piece of classical music.

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1. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending

2. STRAUSS: Four Last Songs Op Posth Listen on YouTube

3. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 9 in D minor Op 125, Choral

4. BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No 5 in Eb Op 73, Emperor

5. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis  Listen on YouTube

6. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme Op 36, Enigma

7. BIZET: The Pearl Fishers

8. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 7 in A Op 92

9. MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A K622

Portrait of Sergei Rachmaninov

Portrait of Sergei Rachmaninov Photo: Konstantin Somov Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

10. RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 18

11. SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A D667, Trout

12. BRUCH: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor Op 26

13. BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D Op 61

14. ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85

15. BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 14 in C# minor, Moonlight

16. BARBER: Adagio for Strings Op 11

17. SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No 3 in C minor Op 78, Organ

18. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 6 in F Op 68, Pastoral

George Frederic Handel

George Frederic Handel Photo: Denner, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

19. HANDEL: Messiah HWV56

20. TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture Op 49 Listen on YouTube

21. FAURE: Requiem Op 48

22. K JENKINS: The Armed Man

23. DVORAK: Symphony No 9 in E minor, From the New World

24. RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez

25. PACHELBEL: Canon & Gigue in D

26. VIVALDI: Four Seasons, Spring

27. SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor Op 47

28. HOLST: The Planets Suite Op 32

29. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Op 35

Scheherazade by Alberto Vargas

Scheherazade by Alberto Vargas Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

30. ALLEGRI: Miserere mei, Deus

31. BACH: Concerto in D minor for two violins BWV1043

32. TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Op 35

33. BACH: St Matthew Passion BWV244

34. DEBUSSY: Suite bergamasque

35. DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B minor Op 104

36. TALLIS: Spem in alium

37. SIBELIUS: Symphony No 2 in D Op 43

38. VERDI: Nabucco

39. MAHLER: Symphony No 5 in C# minor

Composer Gustav Mahler by Emil Orlik

Composer Gustav Mahler by Emil Orlik Photo: Public Domain

40. BACH: Mass in B minor

41. BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto in C Op 56

42. BACH: Cello Suite No 1 in G BWV1007

43. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67

44. PART: Spiegel im Spiegel

45. MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor Op 64

46. BACH: Goldberg Variations BWV988

47. PURCELL: Dido & Aeneas

48. SMETANA: Má Vlast

49. FAURE: Cantique de Jean Racine

50. SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C D956

51. STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring

52. BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy Op 46

53. DVORAK: Rusalka

54. PART: Fratres

55. MOZART: Requiem in D minor K626

56. MAXWELL-DAVIES: Farewell to Stromness

57. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G BWV1048

58. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No 6 in B minor Op 74, Pathétique

59. MAHLER: Symphony No 1 in D, Titan

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms in 1853 Photo: Public Domain

60. BRAHMS: A German Requiem Op 45

61. BORODIN: In the Steppes of Central Asia

62. RAVEL: Boléro

63. KORNGOLD: Die tote Stadt Op 12

64. DEBUSSY: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

65. CHOPIN: Nocturnes Op 9

66. SIBELIUS: Symphony No 5 in Eb Op 82

67. PROKOFIEV: Romeo & Juliet Op 64

68. GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue

69. CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11

70. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Portrait of Mussorgsky.

Ilya Repin's celebrated portrait of Mussorgsky, painted 2–5 March 1881, only a few days before the composer's death. Photo: Public Domain

71. SCHUBERT: Piano Trio No 2 in Eb D929

72. GÓRECKI: Symphony No 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

73. HANDEL: Zadok the Priest

74. GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16

75. MOZART: Ave Verum Corpus