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Last Updated: Monday, 12 April, 2004, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Rachmaninov tops Classic FM poll
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Mozart is the most popular composer
Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto has been voted the favourite classical work of Classic FM listeners for the fourth year in a row.

The work beat Mozart's Clarinet Concerto to the top spot by nine votes.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Farewell to Stromness is the highest climber, jumping 214 places to 76th in the list.

He said: "I've got no illusions about Farewell to Stromness being a better piece than Grieg's Piano Concerto... but I'm very pleased and very touched."

Prolific

Mozart remains the most prolific of the 104 composers in the chart with 20 entries, down from 23 last year.

Howard Shore
Howard Shore's soundtrack makes the list
Beethoven is next with 19 entries, followed by Tchaikovsky with 14 and Johann Sebastian Bach with 12.

There has been a surge in support for English composers with the number of entries from Elgar up from six to 11 and Vaughan Williams seeing his total jump from seven to nine.

Howard Shore's music for the film The Lord of the Rings is the only soundtrack in the top 20.

The Top 300 was broadcast over the Easter weekend, with Simon Bates revealing the all-important number one on Easter Monday.

The top 20 list:

1 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
2 Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
3 Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
4 Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
5 Grieg: Piano Concerto
6 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
7 Elgar: Enigma Variations
8 Jenkins: The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace)
9 Elgar: Cello Concerto
10 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
11 Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
12 Shore: The Lord of the Rings
13 Beethoven: Symphony No.9
14 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme of Tallis
15 Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 (Organ)
16 Pachelbel: Canon in D
17 Barber: Adagio for strings
18 Ungar: The Ashokan Farewell
19 Sibelius: Finlandia
20 Holst: The Planets Suite






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