The Columbus Symphony is offering folks the opportunity to vote for their favorite classical piece, with the winner to be performed in concerts April 18 and 20. See the list and vote here.
Since we know you'll be waiting with baited breath, pieces receiving consideration from The Beat were (in alphabetical order): Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite 1; Brahms' German Requiem; Liszt's Les Preludes; Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4; Rossini's The Barber of Seville Overture; and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.
However, we had to go with The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky. The finale boasts a memorable melody, dramatic tension and a resolution that evokes such passion and joy that it makes The Beat's heart leap. Here is a slightly different interpretation that we include mostly because The Beat was a trombonist many years ago and our brother is a bass trombonist who would so appreciate the pedal tones starting at about 2:53 of the clip.
Our only qualm with the list? No Bruckner Te Deum. We suppose it falls outside the "Classical Top 40."