ABC Classic FM’s complete list of the Top 100 with commentary and performance footage.

View the complete results of the Classic 100 – 20th Century, illustrated with excerpts and performance footage:

The Top 10

Australian classical music lovers have voted for their favourite 20th-century works in ABC’s Classic 100 Countdown, and the results are full of surprises. ABC radio’s weeklong traversal of the 100 highest-ranked pieces – all composed since 1900 – culminated in a gala concert on December 3, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra playing the Top 5 and announcing the modern masterpiece that nabbed the number one spot:  Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Like so many other fans of the work, ASO conductor Benjamin Northey came to know the Cello Concerto through Jacqueline Du Pré’s beloved recording. “It tugs at the heart strings of those with a soft spot for Elgar’s unique style of...

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