Why Berlin Philharmonic is not orchestra of the yearNews
Gramophone magazine has published what its critics consider to be the current 10 best orchestras, based on recordings submitted for review.
The shortlist reads:
Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Germany)
Budapest Festival Orchestra (Hungary)
Czech Philharmonic (Czech Republic)
The Hallé (UK)
Les Siècles (France)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Europe)
Oslo Philharmonic (Norway)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (USA)
Sinfonia of London (UK)
Vienna Philharmonic (Austria)
Missing are the 4 large London orchestras, the whole of American music except Pittsburgh, the Dutch, the Italians and the Russians.
But the biggest omission is the Berlin Phil which, as most objective ears can testify, plays consistently at a level seldom attained by most of the ensembles above.
So why has Gramophone blanked the Berlin Phil? Because Berlin no longer bothers with the record industry. It releases its own products and cannot always be bothered to send them to Gramophone for review.
Who’s the loser here?
not the Berlin Phil.