Top 40 Countdown to the 40th AnniversaryA few years ago the listeners to Classical WNED told us what they thought a TOP 40 list of Classical pieces should be. Six hundred and twenty-two different pieces were put forward, and over nine hundred listeners participated. The result, The Classical WNED Top 40, was both startling and comforting. There were a number of surprises, Stravinsky and Copland made the list; Mendelssohn and Schumann did not! It was comforting to know that the two most popular composers were Beethoven and J.S. Bach. The biggest surprise of all was the piece that crowned the list as No. 1.
March 9th we began a year-long celebration of 40 years of broadcasting classical music to Western New York and Southern Ontario. The BIG birthday is April 18th, and your invited to join us as we count down The Classical WNED Top 40. Tune in to Classical WNED each weeknight at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm after the opera and Sundays at 3pm as we unveil the list.