Settling the Score

Settling the Score Live 2014

The results are in!

New Zealand’s annual competition to decide the most popular classical music in the country has come to an end, and the result is a surprise.

Playing the orchestral picks in a live concert on 28 November 2014, the Auckland Philharmonia performed as top work a favourite of lovers of the mellow sound of the French Horn.Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann’s Concert Piece in F Major for Four Horns (Concertstück, Op. 86) is, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, noted for its expressive, lyrical quality and harmonic innovation. It was written in 1849 and premiered on February 25, 1850, in Leipzig, Saxony (now in Germany). The work is a rare showpiece for the horn, requiring not one but four skilled players.

So, in 2014 brass has displaced the favourites of earlier years such as The Enigma Variation’s Nimrod, or The Lark Ascending. However, they do still score highly in the countdown which was played before a very engaged audience at the Auckland Town Hall in the Settling the Score, Live! concert.

To hear the broadcast again, tune in to Radio New Zealand Concert on New Year's Day, when the schedule is given over to tracing the top 100 pieces of classical music across every genre.

In the meantime, enjoy this countdown of the results from the public vote for Settling the Score, Live 2014, from a variety of the world’s orchestras:

9th: Beethoven: Symphony no.7, Allegretto

8th: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Waltz

7th: Elgar: Cello concerto, movement 1

6th: Vaughan-Williams: The Lark Ascending

5th: Holst: The Planets, Mars

4th: Elgar: Enigma Variations, Nimrod

3rd: Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, Finale

2nd: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, prelude

1st: Schumann: Konzertstück, movement 1

Lend Me Your Ears

Wallace Chapman in studioVoting for Settling The Score closed in October and as we rallied for the final few votes we all cast our minds to think about what it is that forms our musical taste.

We created a mix tape for the host of this year’s live concert, Wallace Chapman, featuring a slice of music from various eras in Western classical music, from the Renaissance to today.

Wallace shares his thoughts on the selection with Clarissa Dunn.

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Music details

VICTORIA
Kyrie, Requiem Mass
Tenebrae / Nigel Short
(SIGCD248)

BEETHOVEN
Andante con moto, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Murray Perahia (piano), Concertgebouw Orchestra / Bernard Haitink
(CBSMK 39814 – 1986)

PUCCINI
Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore, and finale of Act Two from Tosca
Maria Callas (soprano), Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor), Tito Gobbi (baritone), Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala / Victor de Sabata
(EMI CDS 7 4175 8)

DEBUSSY
Jeux de vagues (“Play of the Waves”), La Mer
Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
(Deutsche Grammophon 477 5082)

FURRER
Nuun
Klangforum Wien / Péter Eötvös
(Kairos 0012 062 KAI)

GEE
Mouthpiece VII|
Erin Gee (vocalist), Klangforum Wien
(Col Legno, WWE 1CD 20409)