ASO ranked Australia’s second best orchestra

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is the country’s second best state orchestra, according to a blind test by Limelight magazine.

The classical music and arts magazine ran a comprehensive ‘blind’ listening test of the country’s six state orchestras with The Sydney Symphony crowned the country’s best by a panel of 15 experts. The experts (critics and musicians) were sent ABC recordings of live concerts by the orchestras but were ‘blind’ as to the orchestra they were listening to. The recordings (from 2012) were labelled from A to F and each judge reviewed all the works performed by the orchestras before providing an overall ranking.

Limelight editor Francis Merson said there was “one very clear winner”.

“I hope the results stand as a testament to the excellence not only of those at the top of the ranking, but to all the orchestras involved,” Merson said in a press release. “Many judges remarked on the difficulty of finding points of difference between such superb ensembles… Still, there was one very clear winner, who deserves special plaudits for a stunning year of live performance.”

The rankings

1: The Sydney Symphony 

2: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

3: Queensland Symphony Orchestra 

4: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

5: West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 6: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The full results with the panel’s comments for each orchestra will be published in Limelight’s April edition, out on Wednesday, March 20.

Images: The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, ASO conductor Arvo Volmer and ASO concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto


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