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Various Artists

Classic 100: Composer – Top 10 and Selected Highlights (2CD)

In 2019, the Classic 100 asked the ultimate musical question: who is the composer you can’t live without?

The votes poured in: for the household names, the ‘one-hit wonders’ and for the unsung heroes, for the giants of the past and the voices of today. Composers of mighty symphonies, grand operas and intimate piano jewels; of timeless meditations, enchanting ballets and stirring film scores. The result was a dazzling array of 100 composers from 15 countries, stretching across nine centuries of music.

The full list of names was announced live on air over the long weekend in June, counting down from No. 100 to the ‘winner’, Ludwig van Beethoven, at No. 1. It’s the definitive ranking of Australia’s favourite composers.

This 2CD album offers a handy ‘field guide’ to that list: the top ten composers, plus a selection of highlights from across the full hundred, giving a taste of the extraordinary variety of styles, eras and genres. The timeless purity of medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen; the sultry tangos of Astor Piazzolla. The irrepressible good humour of Haydn; the solemn beauty of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; the towering might of Wagner and the delicate flight of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending.

It’s a wonderful way to dip your toe into the vast ocean of classical music, or introduce a friend to the glories of these magnificent composers.


CD 1

1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5:
I. Allegro con brio (#1)
2 JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3:
I. Allegro (#2)
3 MOZART Symphony No. 40:
I. Molto allegro (#3)
4 TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture (#4)
5 HANDEL Zadok the Priest (#5)
6 VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring:
I. Allegro (#6)
7 CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major,
Op. 9 No. 2 (#7)
8 SCHUBERT Trout Quintet: IV. Theme
and Variations (#8)
9 RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2:
I. Moderato (#9)
10 ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod (#10)
The Lark Ascending – excerpt (#11)


CD 2

1 MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2:
III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace (#12)
2 WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark:
Main Title (#15)
3 KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans: Eliza Aria (#16)
4 MAHLER Symphony No. 5: Adagietto (#20)
5 HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: III. Allegro (#25)
6 HILDEGARD OF BINGEN O eterne Deus (#33)
7 WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries (#35)
8 FAURÉ Pavane (#39)
9 RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez:
I. Allegro con spirit (#54)
10 BARBER Adagio for Strings (#61)
11 KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio (#63)
12 PIAZZOLLA Libertango (#64)
13 EINAUDI I giorni (#65)
14 PACHELBEL Canon (#78)
15 ORFF Carmina burana: O Fortuna (#99)