PPL has published today their PPL People’s Classical Chart. Revealing which classical recordings were the most played and publicly used in 2011, the top ten was revealed at the company’s AGM, held at Kings Place in London.

Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi has had a fantastic year in 2011 with three of his pieces occupying the top spots, with Primavera, Nightbook and The Tower at one, two and three respectively.

Einaudi said of this accolade, "This has come as a complete but wonderful surprise, I am deeply honoured to be number one in the PPL People's Classical Chart with Primavera and also to have five recordings in the top twenty. I would like to thank all the radio and TV broadcasters for playing the recordings and PPL for their hard work in logging all the plays."

The top ten most played classical recordings of 2011 are:

1) Einaudi - Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi

2) Einaudi - Nightbook - Ludovico Einaudi

3) Einaudi - The Tower - Ludovico Einaudi

4) Johann Strauss IIOn The Beautiful Blue Danube – City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Paul Bateman

5) CoplandFanfare For The Common Man – Philharmonic Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy

6) GlassMetamorphosis One – Philip Glass

7) EinaudiDivenire – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Ludovico Einaudi

8) ProkofievRomeo And Juliet – Cleveland Orchestra with Lorin Maazel

9) MendelssohnConcerto for Two Pianos - The Labèques (pianos), Philharmonia Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov

10) GóreckSymphony No.3 - Dawn Upshaw (soprano), London Sinfonietta with David Zinman

"2011 has been a year that has reinforced the importance of classical music in broadcast and public performance," said Ben Hogwood, Classical Repertoire Specialist at PPL. "The success of Ludovico Einaudi shows how a talent for writing descriptive music from deceptively simple melodic cells can carry music a long way. The chart as a whole illustrates that classical music, whether for solo piano or hundreds of voices and orchestra, can be used effectively to conjure up vivid atmospheres and emotions"

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.