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Classical music: What is the best classical music app? A Slate magazine writer thinks he knows. Do you?

January 4, 2013

By Jacob Stockinger

What is the best classical music app ever invented that you can buy?

Reporter Seth Colter Walls (below), who reported on the Mideast and culture for Newsweek and is now with Slate magazine, thinks he knows – and he makes a pretty convincing case.

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The name of the app is The Orchestra and it sells for $13.95. Ad it certainly seems — and SOUNDS — impressive. (Check out the video at the bottom.)

Moreover, the inventor of the app is none other than the Finnish-born composer – recently celebrated for the release of his new prize-winning Violin Concerto – and former music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen (below).


Take a read, listen and make up your own mind. Then let the rest of us know what you think – either from the story by Slate or from your own actual experience with the app.

And there is no need to take Slate’s or Salonen’s word for it.

What do you find the best, most useful or most enjoyable classical music app? Let us know your recommendation in the COMMENT section.

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