ABC Classic asks listeners to choose the music they can’t live without for Classic 100 Countdown

ABC Classic will mark the 20th anniversary of its Classic 100 Countdown by posing listeners with the ultimate question and asking them to select the music they can’t live without.

Over the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June, the station will broadcast the most voted-for compositions as selected by listeners, harking back to the inaugural theme of ABC Classic’s 2001 Classic 100 Countdown.

Listeners will join Russell Torrance, Ed Ayres, Greta Bradman, Alice Keath, Joel Carnegie, Mairi Nicolson, Vanessa Hughes, Martin Buzacott and Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe as they play an assortment of audience-approved works over the weekend, ranging from classic chamber compositions and symphonies, through to solo works, opera and music for screen.

ABC Classic & Jazz acting content manager Joe Gelonesi said that the ABC Classic audience had selected a “sensational weekend of music” in the lead-up to the Countdown this Saturday.

“They’ve inspired us with a rousing final list of the 100 classical works that Australia can’t live without, and we can’t wait to find out their top choice this Sunday.”

ABC Classic’s Classic 100 Countdown: Music You Can’t Live Without kicks off at 9am AEST on Saturday June 12, with the number one being revealed on the airwaves at 4pm AEST Sunday June 13.

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I hope they will be accepted as a donation to the collection in the Australian
12 Jun 2021 - 3:58 pm

While enjoying listening to the special countdown today I am preparing the World War I letters from my father to my mother to offer them to The Australian War Memorial.
When I was a child my father spent Sunday evenings with his ear to the ABC on the wireless, listening to a session called World Famous Tenors with its theme music from the Opera Tosca sung by the tenor Benjamino Gigli. We thought he was mad! We were all into whatever was on the latest hit parade!But I find that he has left to his children whatever gene he had for classical music.! He took his violin to the First World War, and I was touched when his concert piece The Swan was played earlier today. Thanks so much for this great gift of music to us all. Monica.


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