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    Default Top 10 Orchestras

    These are my top 10 Orchestras:
    Berlin Phil
    Boston Symphony
    Chicago Symphony
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam
    London Symphony
    Orchestre de Paris
    Staatskapelle Dresden
    Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Vienna Philharmonic

    I was wondering what else you guys think? What metric do you use to pick your Top 10?

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    I do not have a long list of favorite orchestra. I like Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic. These are my favorite orchestra.
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    I do not have favourite orchestras as such. But I wonder whether you list is about the current orchestras, or those from years gone by, or overall, since their performances tend to change as their music directors, conductors and players change.
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    I also do not have a list but the Berlin Phil is my favorite. I have a CD of them playing Tchaikovsky's 5th and 1812 Overture. By FAR my favorite recording of any music i own. It was given to me for my birthday and if you come across it, get it! VERY passionate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notserp89m View Post
    I also do not have a list but the Berlin Phil is my favorite. I have a CD of them playing Tchaikovsky's 5th and 1812 Overture. By FAR my favorite recording of any music i own. It was given to me for my birthday and if you come across it, get it! VERY passionate
    I have the 5th with Karajan conducting. I have heard the 4th and 6th a few times. Maybe today I will listen to the 5th.
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    I am biased and love my hometown symphony orchestra the best!

    There are many great orchestras out there, even the lesser known ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuanhou View Post
    I was wondering what else you guys think? What metric do you use to pick your Top 10?
    Well, my metrics are my taste, my experience and the recordings I own.

    It's very difficult to pick up a Top 10, because as ChamberNut says there are a lot of very good orchestras all over the world, well-known and lesser known. In Germany we have some good Radio Symphony Orchestras - the Bavarian one was already mentioned, others are in Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg. The Gewandhaus orchestra Leipzig is also very good, it has a long tradition back to Mendelssohn. One of my favourites is the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, they made some fine recordings of Baroque and Classical music on Naxos.
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    I agree with most of those, incl the NY Phil, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Chicago....but what about the San Francisco Sym...quite a group (I would say, in my opinion, and you can take it or leave it, ...second-best to NY Phil in US).

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    ....as mentioned above, for russian music I`ll go with st.petersburg or moscow, they know the tradition of playing russian music, ect.ect..

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    down with the metric system...it's the devil's tool !!! :angry: oops, you meant something else...

    i don't believe i really have a 'top 10'.

    i gravitate toward chicago/st. louis general sound.
    others are - london, berlin, l'orchestra de la suisse romande, philharmonia.

    my metric? brass section and overall orchestral sonority as shows up in recordings.

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    Difficult to answer.

    In a non-specific order:

    Les Violons du Roy
    Akamedie für Alte Musik Berlin
    La Petite Bande
    Tafelmusik Orchestra
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Orchestra of the 18th century
    Collegium Cartusianum
    Concerto Köln
    London Mozart Players
    Les Musiciens du Louvre

    There are many others but this is my top 10.
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    Ooh this is tricky! Erm, Berlin Phil, Philharmonia of the Nations, St.Petersberg, Moscow Phil, Halle (yes, they do rock), London Mozart Players, London Symphony, Polish Radio, Orchestra Revolutionaire, Vienna Philharmonic!

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    vienna phil. isn´t really a professional, to have a job there, orchestra. there are players from opera and others, pedagogues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handel View Post
    Difficult to answer.

    In a non-specific order:

    Les Violons du Roy
    Akamedie für Alte Musik Berlin
    La Petite Bande
    Tafelmusik Orchestra
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Orchestra of the 18th century
    Collegium Cartusianum
    Concerto Köln
    London Mozart Players
    Les Musiciens du Louvre

    There are many others but this is my top 10.
    Heh, being from Québec City, I thought you'd say Les Violons du Roy . I only have one recording from them, and it's Appolo e Dafne and Silete venti. Excellent in every aspect!

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    Because I live in Québec City I can attend Violons concerts. However, I didn't choose the orchestra because it was from Québec City. Rather because it is truly a great orchestra.
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