The Austrian orchestra has members that are hand-picked and undergo a thorough and lengthy trial to even get into the Orchestra. So for that very reason it is one of the best Orchestras in the whole world. It tracks back to around 1842.
So the most popular orchestra in the world was in the
charts why? Well it was down to a huge TV series of the time called
The Onedin Line set in the mid-1800s. The show use a piece of music called
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from the ballet Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian.
Such a mouthful was cut down to the theme from the Onedin Line when it was
The music was stirring, and went well with the film of a clipper on the sea at full mast. The show lasted from 1972 to 1980. The main actors were Anne Stallybrass and Peter Gilmore (died 2012). Anne and Peter were married in real life too. It seemed to be the last chart entry for the Austrian Orchestra.