The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: A new world record is set for the largest symphony orchestra ever assembled | July 15, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

This past week, a new record for the world’s largest symphony orchestra was set.

The very big orchestra (below) featured more than 7,500 players, mostly from Europe. who gathered at a soccer stadium in Frankfurt, Germany and played for 45 minutes.

world's biggest orchestra frankfurt 2016

The music included music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonin Dvorak as well as lighter fare and pop music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Miles.

The new record – which surpassed the previous one set in Australia in 2013 — has been verified by the famous Guinness Book of World Records and by the German Institute of Records.

Here are links to some stories:

And here is a link to videos and sound samples:



  1. I agree — why? Let’s forget the antics meant only to set records and remember that it is the music not the performers which matters.

    Comment by Wini Bowen — July 15, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

  2. How about Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand?” They really missed their chance to do it up right. Not sure how I feel about it, but I don’t think I would want to be there.

    Comment by Steve Powell — July 15, 2016 @ 5:35 am

  3. Why? 7548 musicians but no real explanation for it other than the dubious one of “setting a new world record”.

    While this might have generated a few headlines, I think the opposite direction (small groups) is the way to go. That is how classical music originated (salon groups in private houses). And it is oh so much more charming.

    Comment by fflambeau — July 15, 2016 @ 3:30 am

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