I listen to an NYC-based classical station that asked listeners to submit their top 3 votes for their classical music countdown. #1 was a no-brainer - Beethoven’s Ninth. And with Wiggy celebrating his 250th birthday that will most likely win in a landslide. Was tough to decide the other two. Since Handel is my favourite composer, I went with Ombra Mai Fu (Largo from Xerxes) as my #2. For the thrid, I went with Rhapsody in Blue even though it’s jazz and not really classical. Other candidates I considered were Largo Al Factotum from Barber of Seville, the Barcarolle from Les Contes d’Hoffman, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Mozart’s 26th Piano Concerto and Jauchzet Frohloket from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
What would be your top three?