Busiest orchestras? Depends what you call busy….main
Bachtrack has published its annual account of who did what in 2014. As usual, women conductors and composers are somewhere way below the radar and the busiest orchestras are mostly American.
That, however, is a slight distortion.
The rankings are based on concerts listed on the Bachtrack site. That’s quite limiting.
Many European orchestras are busier by day than some US orchs are by night. They are recording games and film tracks, bustling abaout on social and educational missions and generally fulfilling more ‘services’ (the US term) than their transAtlantic counterparts.
So, while the rankings are of interest, they are not a valid reflection of the productivity of orchestras.
Let alone conductors.