The Results Are In! Classical Countdown Spring 2023 Playlist

NWPB asked, “What music resonates with you?” You voted for your favorite symphonic movie scores, art songs and arias, overtures, and all-around favorite classical works. And you shared the music that evokes the Northwest landscape and beauty.

The results are now in!

Your top choices in each category created this Classical Countdown playlist which aired from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday, April 26.

Keep scrolling for a Spotify playlist of all honorable mentions.

Favorite Symphonic Movie Score

7. Ennio Morricone The Mission

6. John Williams Schindler’s List

5. Max Steiner Gone with the Wind

4. Rachel Portman Emma

3. Tan Dun Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2. Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings

1. John Williams Star Wars

Favorite Art Songs and Arias

10. Verdi “Va pensiero” (Nabucco)

9. Mozart “Canzonetta sull’aria” (Le Nozze di Figaro)

8. Puccini “Un bel di vedremo” (Madama Butterfly)

7. Puccini “O mio babbino caro” (Gianni Schicchi)

6. Mozart “Der Hölle Rache” (Die Zauberflöte)

5. Rachmaninoff Vocalise 

4. Verdi “La donna e mobile” (Rigoletto)

3. Puccini “Nessun dorma” (Turandot)

2. Bizet “Votre toast” (Carmen)

1. Bach/Gounod Ave Maria

Favorite Overtures

5. Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture

4. Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

3. Rossini The Barber of Seville Overture

2. Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

1. Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Music that evokes the Northwest

5. Fleet Foxes “The Cascades”

4. John Luther Adams Become Ocean

3. Hovhannes Symphony No. 50 “Mount St. Helens”

2. Lauridsen Lux Aeterna

1. Dvorak In Nature’s Realm

All-time favorite Classical works

15. Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

14. Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

13. Beethoven Symphony No 9 “Choral”

12. Schubert Piano Quintet “The Trout”

11. Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

10. Schubert String Quartet No. 14 “Death and the Maiden”

9. Pachelbel “Canon and Gigue”

8. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight”

7. Barber Adagio for Strings

6. Beethoven Symphony No. 7

5. Bach Cello Suite No. 1

4. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

3. Vivaldi The Four Seasons

2. Copland Appalachian Spring

1. Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”


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