Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy' secures #1 in ABC's Classic 100
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Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’ secures #1 in ABC’s Classic 100

Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’ secures #1 in ABC’s Classic 100 – Gustav Hoslt’s ‘The Planets, Op. 32’ and Georges Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ secured second and third place, respectively, but it was Beethoven’s enduring masterpiece that ultimately won the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts across the country.  

It’s a history-making win with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor – famous for its finale ‘Ode To Joy’ – topping the Classic 100 countdown for a fourth time, an extraordinary feat for a symphony that premiered 200 years ago. Head to the ABC Classic website for an in-depth look at the work that claimed this year’s top spot.

Across the weekend, ABC Classic has counted down Australia’s top 100 feel-good pieces, culminating in the ultimate feel-good playlist, which music lovers nationwide can all celebrate. There were over 120,000 votes for 899 different works, 9 pieces that appeared in a Classic 100 for the very first time, and 14 Australian composers that made the top 100. Find out all the info on this year’s countdown here.​

The Classic 100 celebrations are far from over! For the second year, this year’s Classic 100 will come to life in a special performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to showcase the best of this year’s countdown.  

Hosted by ABC’s Megan Burslem and Jeremy Fernandez and conducted by Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey, the Classic 100 in Concert premieres Saturday, 29 June, at 7:30pm, on ABC TV, live streamed on ABC iview and simulcast on ABC Classic. Stay tuned for the full programming announcement, arriving later this week.  

ABC Classic thanks our loyal and passionate audience for listening, voting and tuning in to this year’s Classic 100.  

Audiences can now relive the Classic 100 via the ABC listen app. For more info and stats about the countdown, head to the ABC Classic 100 website or connect via Instagram and Facebook.  

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Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy' secures #1 in ABC's Classic 100

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