Vangelis Chariots of Fire takes the top spot in the 2012 PPL’s People’s Classical Chart

PPL has published today their PPL People’s Classical Chart revealing which classical recordings were the most played and publicly used in 2012. The top ten was revealed at the company’s AGM, held at Kings Place in London.

Taking the top spot is Chariots Of Fire by Greek composer Vangelis. Composed in 1981 as the score for the film of the same name, it won an Academy Award and has over time become a piece of music synonymous with celebrating great sporting achievements.  It is understandable and fitting that in the year of The Olympics, Chariots Of Fire was the most used classical recording.

Vangelis said of this accolade, “This piece of music has survived through the years and today it is still healthy and strong which is thanks to you the public. So thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The top ten most played classical recordings of 2012 are:

1) Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire – Vangelis
2) Lanchbery – Mrs Tiggywinkle’s Laundry (from ‘Tales of Beatrix Potter’) – Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with John Lanchbery
3) Beethove – Symphony No. 5 – Philharmonia Orchestra with Kurt Sanderling
4) Einaudi  - Nightbook (Album Version) - Ludovico Einaudi
5) Einaudi –Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi
6) Einaudi – I Giorni (Album Version) - Ludovico Einaudi
7) Einaudi  - The Tower (Album Version)- Ludovico Einaudi
8) Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks – English Baroque Soloists with Sir John Eliot Gardiner
9) Barber – Adagio for Strings – City of London Sinfonia with Richard Hickox
10) Einaudi – Divenire – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Ludovico Einaudi

“One of the funniest moments of Danny Boyle’s ‘Isles of Wonder’ opening ceremony was the London Symphony Orchestra’s performance of ‘Chariots Of Fire’ with Rowan Atkinson,” said Ben Hogwood, Classical Repertoire Specialist at PPL, “but on a serious note it was gratifying to see this wonderful piece of music return to the public consciousness in such dramatic style.  It will continue to resonate for decades to come.
The chart as a whole caps another remarkably strong year for Ludovico Einaudi, whose laid back style continues to strike a chord with broadcasters and public venues alike.”
The PPL People’s Charts are compiled through PPL’s unique music reporting system which is populated with usage data provided from television stations, radio stations, on demand services, and public performance sources such as pubs and clubs.