It is a difficult and contentious task if told to choose the top orchestra in the world. Many factors are considered as criteria for selecting which orchestras are worthy of being named the best in the world which include concert performances, recording outputs, contributions made to local and national communities, and their musical ability to maintain their iconic status despite greater music popularity. like pop culture, EDM, electronics are just popping up.
Well, here the classical music magazine, Gramophone, has chosen the ten most famous orchestras in the world.
- Royal Concertgebouw
Since 1888 until now, Royal Concertgebouw has performed classical music for more than 120 years. With a collection of nearly a thousand records, it’s easy to see why this orchestra gets the top position. As the number one orchestra, they have the extraordinary ability to make their listeners feel hypnotized every time they play their music.
- Berlin Philharmonic
Founded in 1882, this orchestra has very different sound colors. It is not surprising to see the Berlin Philharmonic in second place, especially since the orchestra has won several prestigious awards such as BRIT, Grammy, Gramophone Awards and many more.
- Vienna Philharmonic
The Vienna Philharmonic is transformed into a very popular orchestra by always being a list of orchestras that has been waiting for its appearance since its first appearance in 1842. By having one of the world’s best concert halls, and a difficult audition process for musicians, it’s easy to understand why this orchestra is so liked and highly respected.
- London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1904 and has become one of the most famous orchestras in the world. LSO has extensive involvement in scoring blockbusters films such as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Braveheart, and The Queen. In addition to their amazing film scoring experience, the orchestra is known for its impressive work ethic, animation style, and extraordinary accuracy.
- Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1949, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is a radio orchestra where every nuance of music is taken by a microphone. Because of this fact, the musicians must be very technical and decisive for each note taken. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is considered a brilliant orchestra without weaknesses, and can also play contemporary and classical music.
- Dresden Staatskapelle
Staatskapelle Dresden has performed for more than 450 years. The orchestra has a rich and varied history, and beautiful concert halls. This orchestra is very popular because it has a distinctive sound that makes it easily recognizable.
- Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded in 1919 and is currently at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Their ability to re-arrange and change their appearance on the will of the conductor, gives this orchestra a unique advantage. This orchestra is known for its exquisite classical and contemporary music games.
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Occupying number eight on this list is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Known as one of the “Big 5” orchestras in the US, they are famous for their truly “golden” sound. Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed more than one hundred concerts every year with the help of the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene.
- Cleveland Orchestra
Recognized for its greatness by Concertgebouw and the Vienna Philharmonic directly, the Cleveland Orchestra is said to be a European-American orchestra. They have toured the US and abroad and formed long-term relationships with several other leading orchestras. The audience can feel the subtle tones, with perfect intonation and amazing warmth in each of their performances.
- Budapest Festival Orchestra
Budapest Festival Orchestra celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The group’s founder, Ivan Fischer, and many talented musicians in this group have a role in making beautiful and passionate music. This orchestra was founded in 1983, belonging to the youngest of the other orchestras in this list. But despite his young age, in fact this orchestra has become one of the world’s leading orchestras. Iván Fischer did have a vision to create an orchestra that would influence and bring life to Hungarian music and culture, and he succeeded!