Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra named ”World’’s Best”

November 21st, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 21 (ANI): The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the best-known and most respected symphony orchestra of the Netherlands, has topped a new poll of the ”World’’s Best Orchestra”.
The orchestra is named for the Concertgebouw (concert hall) in Amsterdam, from which it is based, reports Times Online.
Its ”Royal” title was conferred upon the orchestra in 1988 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
The mighty Berlin Philharmonic and the refined Vienna Philharmonic are second and third respectively, according to a panel of leading international critics.
The London Symphony Orchestra landed the fourth spot and Chicago Symphony Orchestra rounded off the top five.
The poll was conducted by Gramophone, the classical music magazine, and limited to modern romantic orchestras.
The eleven-strong panel included three British critics from the magazine, two Americans, two Asians and one each from Le Monde (France), Die Welt (Germany), De Telegraaf (the Nether-lands) and Die Presse (Austria).
James Inverne, the editor of Gramophone, said that the aim had been to compile a selection that was not “patriotic or parochial.
The survey is published in the December issue of Gramophone.
The top 10 are:
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 (ANI)

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