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Top 5 World Orchestras

Does all classical music kinda sound the same to you? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many in music mourn the emergence of a generalized, uniform musical sound.

They argue that distinctive color and sound are being lost as musicians become more apt to travel and play with a variety of ensembles throughout their careers. Still, the world’s top orchestras manage to maintain their individuality.

Here are the top 5 orchestra’s according to Gramophone Magazine. In 2008, an international judging panel was asked to rank the world’s ensembles in a variety of areas including quality of sound, interpretation and how well the orchestras work in their communities.

1. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam manages to consistently embrace the intent of the composers.

2. Berlin Philharmonic known for their hypnotic wash of sound, was long held as the musical standard.

3. Vienna Philharmonic long considered musical royalty, convey an almost  instinctive sense of drama in the execution of their musical selections.

4. London Symphony Orchestra
consistently demonstrates an irrepressable and unsurpassed work ethic.

5. Chicago Symphony Orchestra
managed to cultivate a world-class brass sound that is respected and nurtured by its conductors.

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