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ABC Classic FM is an Australian classical music radio station available in major centres around the country. It is operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporationmarker (ABC). It was established in 1976 as "ABC-FM", and later for a short time was known as "ABC Fine Music" (a play on the letters FM), before adopting its current name. It was the ABCmarker's first experiment in FM broadcasting — which had become a necessity in Australia as broadcasters ran out of AM frequencies on which to transmit.

ABC Classic FM, inspired partly by the example of BBC Radio 3, broadcasts classical music, operas, recitals, live concerts, music analysis programmes. On weekdays an hour-long in-depth interview conducted by Margaret Throsby during which her guest's choices of music are played.

ABC Classic FM is the broadcaster for the Sydney International Piano Competition.

News bulletins

In common with all ABC Radio stations (other than Triple J, which operates its own service), it also carries news bulletins produced by ABC News. On 19 December 2005, in line with the policy applied at every ABC Radio network (except Triple J and Radio Australia), these news bulletins became state-based rather than national.

On weekdays, ABC Classic FM's news bulletins are broadcast at 5.00, 5.30, 6.00 and then hourly (except at 14.00 and 15.00) until 19.00. At weekends, news bulletins are broadcast hourly from 5.00 till 10.00, then at 12.00, 17.00 and 19.00. All news broadcasts, other than an extended 10-minute bulletin at 7.00, run for 5 minutes.

Classic 100 countdowns

In recent years, ABC Classic FM has organised a number of Classic 100 Countdown surveys. The results of each survey are decided by votes cast by the listeners of ABC Classic FM. Several months after the voting, the works are played in reverse order of popularity, over an intense seven to ten days of marathon programming. The countdown culminates in a concert broadcast live, that features the most popular pieces and finishing with the number one listener choice. A feature of the countdown is that the top 100 pieces are kept secret until announced, including for the final concert.

Year Countdown Official site Top 5
2001 Classic 100 Original Official site
  1. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622
  2. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
  3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 Choral
  4. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73 Emperor
  5. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
2004 Classic 100 Piano Official site
  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27/2 Moonlight
  2. Bach: Goldberg Variations
  3. Debussy: Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque
  4. Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 Pathétique
2005-6 Classic 100 Opera Official site
  1. Bizet: "Au fond du temple saint" ("In the depths of the temple") from The Pearl Fishers
  2. Verdi: "Va, pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco
  3. Delibes: "Sous le dôme épais" (Flower Duet) from Lakmé
  4. Mozart: "Soave sia il vento" (Act I trio) from Così fan tutte, K.588
  5. Purcell: "Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earth" (Dido's Lament) from Dido and Aeneas
2006 Classic 100 Mozart Official site
  1. Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 – Adagio
  2. Ave verum corpus, K.618
  3. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467 – Andante
  4. "Soave sia il vento" (Act I trio) from Così fan tutte, K.588
  5. Requiem, K.626 Lacrimosa
2007 Classic 100 Concerto Official site
  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 Emperor
  2. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  3. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
  4. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
  5. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
2008 Classic 100 Chamber Official site
  1. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D667 Trout
  2. Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D956
  3. Schubert: Nocturne in E-flat major for piano trio, D897
  4. Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 Archduke
  5. Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D810 Death and the Maiden
2009 Classic 100 Symphony Official site
  1. Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 New World
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Choral
  3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Pastoral
  4. Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 Organ
  5. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

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