Berlin Philharmonic goes hi-tech

The Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the world’s greatest orchestras. But for the world to experience it live has – until now – required a visit to its home in Berlin or a trip to one of its tour venues. Beginning on 18 December 2008, there will be another way: the Digital Concert Hall. This new internet platform will enable music fans all over the world to see and hear the Philharmonic’s concerts – live or on demand.

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, which guarantees optimal picture and sound quality, and thanks to the generous support of Deutsche Bank, it has been possible to realize this unique, innovative project. Since the beginning of the 2008/2009 season, top-flight video directors and recording engineers have been filming all of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s appearances with high-definition cameras. These concerts will be available either as a live stream or as video-on-demand. The offering will be accompanied by documentation of the orchestra at work. A newsletter, to which you can already subscribe, will keep you informed with latest news and important new developments.

On 6 January 2009, the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle will make their live debut in the new Digital Concert Hall – with works by Antonín Dvo?ák and Johannes Brahms. But the Digital Concert Hall is already open to all interested music lovers. The way to get there is through this website. The red “Live” button on the Home page is your “door opener”. The Berliner Philharmoniker will then be right there. Anywhere. Anytime.

That’s the blurb on the Berlin Philharmonic’s web site. I’ve checked it out, and must say that it all looks very promising. I’ve registered so that I’ll be in there ready and waiting when the first live concert is on offer on 6th January. In the mean time, some concerts recorded in November are already on offer in the Archive section which I may well check out.

As the blurb mentions, there’s a big red button on the BPO’s home page which leads to the Digital Concert Hall, or you can bypass all that and use this link instead. Happy exploring, and happy viewing.