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The Gramophone Classical Music Podcast

Jul 24, 2020

Gramophone has been making an Orchestra of the Year Award since 2018 when it was given to the Seattle Symphony (last year the Award went to the Hong Kong Philharmonic). This year the voting is open and we offer ten ensembles for you to consider. Each has struck us for the dynamism, imagination and style of its collaborations with its conductors on record. This week Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief James Jolly is joined by Gramophone critic and broadcaster Rob Cowan to discuss the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lille.

Listen to each of the orchestra's exclusive playlist on Gramophone's curator page at Apple Music, as well as a dynamic playlist embracing all 10 ensembles (which is regularly updated). Then, when you are ready, head off to vote at