The authoritative British magazine about classical music Gramophone has made a rating of the best orchestras in the world.

The list of twenty winning orchestras of the World's Best Symphony Orchestra ranking, which included four German and three Russian ensembles, was published in the December issue of Gramophone, an influential British publication on classical music. The best among the best The Berlin Philharmonic took second place in the rankings, only behind Koninklijk Concertgeworkest from the Netherlands. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden and the Gewandhaus Symphony Orchestra from Leipzig finished sixth, tenth and seventeenth respectively. Russian representatives of the top list: the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra headed by Yuri Temirkanov. Their places in the ranking: 14th, 15th and 16th. Difficult choice Gramophone journalists admitted that it was by no means easy to choose the best of the world's giants. That is why they have attracted a number of experts from among the music critics of the leading publications in the UK, USA, Austria, France, the Netherlands, China and Korea to compile the rating. Germany was represented on the star jury by Manuel Brug of the newspaper Die Welt. When making the final score, a variety of parameters were taken into account. Among them - the impression of the performance of the orchestra as a whole, the number and popularity of the band's recordings, the contribution of the orchestra to the national and international cultural heritage, and even the likelihood that it will become a cult in the face of increasing competition. (ek)