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It's a mute point trying to figure out if the Wiener is better than the Berliner. I have heard both under different conductors. Both produced beautiful music... but I got to say, last year in the Salzburg Festival, the Berliners under Rattle's direstion in Mozart's 25th, 40th and Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola were mediocre at best. It was like they were on auto-pilot or something. the soloists were good though :)

Sorry, maybe that was beside the point. But I feel in general, the Berliners have a more bombastic sound and a rougher (in a good way) sound, the Wieners are mellower and feel more lyrical. Both are superior orchestras.
I don't think Rattle has done any good for the BPO. He was in over his head.
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