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List: Top 10 Modern Romantic Orchestras

Date: November 2008

Source: Gramaphone classical music magazine.

Base: An eleven-strong panel comprised of three British critics from the magazine, two Americans, two Asians and one each from Le Monde (France), Die Welt (Germany), De Telegraaf (the Netherlands) and Die Presse (Austria). Specialist period bands were not to be included in the polling.

Notes: "...the aim was to compile a selection that was not patriotic or parochial." - James Inverne, editor. The panel put together a list of 20 orchestras which included seven American orchestras, four German and three Russian. Number one ranked was the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

Rank - Ochestra

1 - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

2 - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

3 - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

4 - London Symphony Orchestra

5 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

6 - Bavarian Radio Symphony

7 - Cleveland Orchestra

8 - Los Angeles Philharmonic

9 - Budapest Festival Orchestra

10 - Dresden Staatskapelle


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