Classical music has a unique ability to stir our emotions, and everyone has a favourite piece – whether it’s the haunting melodies of Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs; the rousing sounds of Elgar’s Coronation Ode; the passionately charged opening bars of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; beautiful ballet scores from Tchaikovsky; the majestic soundtrack to Jurassic Park by John Williams; or even Uematsu’s Final Fantasy theme from the increasingly popular realm of videogame music. The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the nation’s favourite classical music countdown.Originally published in 2011, this revised edition includes a fully updated chart of the top 300 works, based on votes cast by millions of listeners over the past twenty years, with a new introduction and beautiful new illustrations. This definitive collection encompasses a rich variety of classical greats, contemporary masters, lesser-known treasures and great British composers to provide a fascinating insight into our relationship with the music we love.
Darren Henley is the author of more than thirty books about the arts and two independent government reviews into music education and cultural education. Chief executive of Arts Council England since 2015, he spent fifteen years leading Classic FM, first as managing editor and then as managing director. Appointed OBE for services to music, he is a recipient of the British Academy President’s Medal for his contribution to music education, music research and the arts.
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