Posted on January 1, 2021

The votes have been counted and the winning pieces have broadcast on All Classical Portland. We are excited to share the official list of the top selections of the Classical Countdown to 2021!

You can also listen to the top 10 songs again on the Classical Countdown to 2021 playlist on Spotify.


  1. Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”
  3. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
  4. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  5. Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
  6. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K. 626
  7. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  8. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
  9. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
  10. Copland: Appalachian Spring
  11. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  12. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
  13. Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48
  14. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  15. Smetana: “The Moldau” from Má vlast
  16. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor”
  17. Bach: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata No. 147
  18. Debussy: “Clair de lune,” from Suite bergamasque
  19. Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major
  20. Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
  21. Orff: “O fortuna” from Carmina Burana
  22. Handel: Messiah
  23. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2, “Moonlight”
  24. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  25. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique”
  26. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, “Enigma,” Op. 36
  27. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, “Resurrection”
  28. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
  29. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  30. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
  31. Bach: “Sheep May Safely Graze,” from Cantata No. 208
  32. Pachelbel: Canon in D Major
  33. Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Swan Lake
  34. Satie: Gymnopédies Nos. 1-3
  35. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)
  36. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
  37. Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
  38. Mozart: The Magic Flute
  39. Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ”
  40. Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
  41. Bizet: “Au fond du temple saint,” from The Pearl Fishers
  42. Gershwin: Concerto in F
  43. Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
  44. Grieg: Peer Gynt
  45. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”
  46. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  47. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
  48. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
  49. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
  50. Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
  51. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
  52. Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  53. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  54. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, “Elvira Madigan”
  55. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor
  56. Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, “Mysterious Mountain”
  57. Mahler: Symphony No. 5
  58. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
  59. Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40
  60. Massanet: “Meditation” from Thaïs
  61. Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93
  62. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
  63. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49
  64. Vaughan Willliams: Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
  65. Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
  66. Mahler: Symphony No. 4
  67. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture, Op. 21
  68. Schubert: “Ave Maria,” Op. 52, No. 6
  69. Beethoven: Bagatelle, Für Elise
  70. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
  71. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  72. Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
  73. Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45
  74. Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
  75. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
  76. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
  77. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter”
  78. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  79. Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
  80. Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
  81. Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
  82. Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian”
  83. Johann Strauss II: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
  84. Respighi: The Pines of Rome
  85. Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
  86. Williams: Star Wars
  87. Brahms: Hungarian Dances
  88. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
  89. Bernstein: Overture to Candide
  90. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, “The Trout”
  91. Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
  92. Bizet: Carmen
  93. Debussy: “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” from Préludes, Book I
  94. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
  95. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  96. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”
  97. Franck: Symphony in D minor
  98. Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
  99. Ravel: Boléro
  100. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

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