Classic 100 Symphony (ABC)

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During 2009, the Australian ABC Classic FM radio station conducted a survey of listeners' favourite symphonies. Participants were permitted to vote for their three preferred symphonies. The survey closed at the end of June 2009.

The works were broadcast (from number 100 to number 1) from 12–19 September 2009.

Survey summary[edit]

Rank Composer Work Key Opus Completed Length
100 Haydn Symphony No. 100 Military G major Hob. I/100 1794 25
99 Glass Symphony No. 4 Heroes 1996 44
98 Dvořák Symphony No. 5 F major Op. 76, B. 54 1875 37
97 Schumann Symphony No. 1 Spring B flat major Op. 38 1841 33
96 Dvořák Symphony No. 6 D major Op. 60, B. 112 1880 43
95 Rachmaninoff The Bells, choral symphony Op. 35 1913 37
94 Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms 1930 21
93 Sibelius Symphony No. 6 D minor Op. 104 1923 25
92 Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 C minor Op. 43 1936 68
91 Nielsen Symphony No. 5 Op. 50 1922 35
90 Nielsen Symphony No. 4 The Inextinguishable Op. 29 1916 34
89 Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 Song of Praise B flat major Op. 52 1840 65
88 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 Little Russian C minor Op. 17 1872 33
87 Berlioz Harold in Italy, symphony for viola and orchestra Op. 16 1834 44
86 Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 B flat major Op. 100 1944 42
85 Haydn Symphony No. 45 Farewell F sharp minor Hob. I/45 1772 25
84 Mahler The Song of the Earth 1909 64
83 O'Boyle, Sean River Symphony 1999 24
82 Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 D minor Op. 13 1895 47
81 Bračanin, Philip Symphony No. 2 Choral 1995 39
80 Sibelius Symphony No. 4 A minor Op. 63 1911 33
79 Haydn Symphony No. 104 London D major Hob. I/104 1795 28
78 Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 Reformation D major/D minor Op. 107 1832 29
77 Walton Symphony No. 1 B flat minor 1935 44
76 Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 7 Sinfonia Antartica 1952 42
75 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony Op. 58 1885 48
74 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 Winter Daydreams G minor Op. 13 1866 44
73 Schumann Symphony No. 3 Rhenish E flat major Op. 97 1850 30
72 Mozart Symphony No. 36 Linz C major K. 425 1783 26
71 Borodin Symphony No. 2 B minor 1876 25
70 Mozart Symphony No. 35 Haffner D major K. 385 1782 23
69 Bruckner Symphony No. 9 D minor 1896 59
68 Mozart Symphony No. 25 G minor K. 183 1773 26
67 Edwards, Ross Symphony No. 1 Da pacem Domine 1991 29
66 Bruckner Symphony No. 7 E major 1883 62
65 Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2 A London Symphony G major 1913 61
64 Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3 A minor Op. 44 1936 41
63 Beethoven Symphony No. 2 D major Op. 36 1802 33
62 Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 1 A Sea Symphony 1909 66
61 Dvořák Symphony No. 7 D minor Op. 70, B. 141 1885 37
60 Beethoven Symphony No. 4 B flat major Op. 60 1806 32
59 Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 3 A Pastoral Symphony 1921 34
58 Haydn Symphony No. 101 The Clock D major Hob. I/101 1794 29
57 Elgar Symphony No. 2 E flat major Op. 63 1911 56
56 Messiaen Turangalîla-Symphonie 1948 73
55 Mozart Symphony No. 29 A major K. 201 1774 29
54 Mahler Symphony No. 6 Tragic A minor 1904 87
53 Sibelius Symphony No. 7 C major Op. 105 1924 21
52 Bruckner Symphony No. 8 C minor 1890 76
51 Mozart Symphony No. 38 Prague D major K. 504 1786 25
50 Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 The Year 1905 G minor Op. 103 1957 64
49 Strauss, R. An Alpine Symphony Op. 64 1915 48
48 Sibelius Symphony No. 1 E minor Op. 39 1900 37
47 Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 E minor Op. 93 1953 51
46 Bruckner Symphony No. 4 Romantic E flat major 1888 64
45 Haydn Symphony No. 94 The Surprise G major Hob. I/94 1791 24
44 Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 D major 1943 40
43 Sibelius Symphony No. 3 C major Op. 52 1907 29
42 Franck Symphony in D minor D minor 1888 39
41 Mahler Symphony No. 9 D major 1909 81
40 Schubert Symphony No. 5 B flat major D. 485 1816 27
39 Mahler Symphony No. 3 D minor 1896 93
38 Mozart Symphony No. 39 E flat major K. 543 1788 30
37 Beethoven Symphony No. 8 F major Op. 93 1812 25
36 Mahler Symphony No. 8 Symphony of a Thousand E flat major 1907 80
35 Brahms Symphony No. 2 D major Op. 73 1877 41
34 Bizet Symphony in C C major 1855 28
33 Mahler Symphony No. 4 G major 1901 58
32 Dvořák Symphony No. 8 G major Op. 88, B. 163 1890 36
31 Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 Leningrad C major Op. 60 1941 85
30 Elgar Symphony No. 1 A flat major Op. 55 1908 53
29 Brahms Symphony No. 3 F major Op. 90 1883 37
28 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 F minor Op. 36 1878 44
27 Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 Classical D major Op. 25 1917 14
26 Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 D minor Op. 47 1937 48
25 Sibelius Symphony No. 5 E flat major Op. 82 1919 30
24 Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 Scottish A minor Op. 56 1842 34
23 Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 Italian A major Op. 90 1833 27
22 Brahms Symphony No. 1 C minor Op. 68 1876 44
21 Mahler Symphony No. 1 Titan D major 1894 54
20 Brahms Symphony No. 4 E minor Op. 98 1885 40
19 Schubert Symphony No. 8 Unfinished B minor D. 759 1822 27
18 Mahler Symphony No. 5 C sharp minor 1902 71
17 Górecki Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs Op. 36 1976 56
16 Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 E minor Op. 27 1907 59
15 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 1830 56
14 Mahler Symphony No. 2 Resurrection C minor 1894 84
13 Mozart Symphony No. 40 G minor K. 550 1788 35
12 Mozart Symphony No. 41 Jupiter C major K. 551 1788 27
11 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 E minor Op. 64 1888 46
10 Schubert Symphony No. 9 Great C major D. 944 1826 60
9 Sibelius Symphony No. 2 D major Op. 43 1902 44
8 Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica E flat major Op. 55 1804 45
7 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Pathétique B minor Op. 74 1893 45
6 Beethoven Symphony No. 5 C minor Op. 67 1808 32
5 Beethoven Symphony No. 7 A major Op. 92 1812 39
4 Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 Organ C minor Op. 78 1886 35
3 Beethoven Symphony No. 6 Pastoral F major Op. 68 1808 45
2 Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Choral D minor Op. 125 1824 67
1 Dvořák Symphony No. 9 From the New World E minor Op. 95, B. 178 1893 43

Programming[edit]

For more details about the works broadcast, see ABC Classic FM's programming notes:

  • Day 1: Numbers 100 to 86
  • Day 2: Numbers 85 to 71
  • Day 3: Numbers 70 to 58
  • Day 4: Numbers 57 to 47
  • Day 5: Numbers 46 to 34
  • Day 6: Numbers 33 to 23
  • Day 7: Numbers 22 to 13
  • Day 8: Numbers 12 to 1 (including a live concert featuring symphonies 5 to 1)

Only one movement from symphonies 5 to 2 was played during the live concert on day 8 (all other works were played in their entirety).

The complete performances of symphonies 5 to 2 were played on the day following the conclusion of the countdown (see here for programming details).

The countdown contained approximately 72 hours and 35 minutes of music (this total includes works 2 to 5 played in their entirety).

By Composer[edit]

The following 32 composers were featured in the Classic 100 Symphony countdown:

Composer Symphonies
Beethoven 8
Berlioz 2
Bizet 1
Borodin 1
Bračanin, Philip 1
Brahms 4
Bruckner 4
Dvořák 5
Edwards, Ross 1
Elgar 2
Franck 1
Glass 1
Górecki 1
Haydn 5
Mahler 9
Mendelssohn 4
Messiaen 1
Mozart 8
Nielsen 2
O'Boyle, Sean 1
Prokofiev 2
Rachmaninoff 4
Schubert 3
Saint-Saëns 1
Schumann 2
Shostakovich 5
Sibelius 7
Strauss, Richard 1
Stravinsky 1
Tchaikovsky 6
Walton 1
Vaughan Williams 5

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References[edit]

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