From The Telegraph:
Soundtracks to video games have brought a younger generation to classical music, a new poll of the nation’s favourite pieces suggests.
Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300.
More than 200,000 votes were cast in the latest annual poll, with Ralph Vaughn William’s The Lark Ascending topping the vote for a second year.
John Suchet, a weekday DJ on the classical music station, said: “Twenty years after the very first Classic FM Hall of Fame countdown, I’m delighted that we’ve attracted so many votes for our chart.
“What I find truly exciting is the continued increase in a younger audience for classical music – I didn’t expect to be thanking the video game industry for introducing the genre to a new generation of people, but it’s wonderful.”
The Classic FM Hall of Fame 2015 Top 20:
- Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
- Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2
- Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
- Elgar – Enigma Variations
- Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 (‘Emperor’)
- Allegri – Miserere
- Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (‘Choral’)
- Mozart – Clarinet Concerto
- Uematsu – Final Fantasy
- Beethoven – Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’)
- Soule – The Elder Scrolls
- Holst – The Planets
- Kirkhope – Banjo Kazooie
- Elgar – Cello Concerto
- Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
- Barber – Adagio for Strings
- Pachelbel – Canon
- Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
- Jenkins – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
- Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 (‘From the New World’)