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Top 100 Performing Orchestra

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:00 pm
by james
I'm just curious as to which orchestras were chosen to perform the samples heard in the top 100 videos. Were they all done by one symphony? Or several different ones compiled together to make up the list?

The quality of many of those arrangements just sounds so much better than the versions I have heard.

Re: Top 100 Performing Orchestra

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:36 am
by kickassclassical
Hi James,

While preparing the Kickass Classical Top 100, we spent a lot of time (and money) on iTunes and Amazon mp3 finding the most dynamic version of each piece. There's no one single orchestra we relied on for our compilation.

However, we HIGHLY recommend any piece by Arthur Fiedler. He conducted the Boston Pops for 50 years, and understood that to make classical music exciting, you had to play it fast and loud.

Arthur Fiedler iTunes:

Arthur Fiedler Amazon mp3:

A similar, more modern performer is André Rieu.

André Rieu iTunes:

André Rieu Amazon mp3:

Whenever possible on this site, we link to the full versions of the clips we use. Look for the iTunes and Amazon mp3 links next to the piece you want. You'll notice a lot of Fiedler ;)

Also keep in mind our sound engineer did a little sound shaping on each clip making sure they "popped" on tiny computer speakers.