Saturday, 29 August 2009

The Digital Concert Hall

At 7 p.m. on the evening, August 28, 2009, 4,000 classical music fans from around the world either visited the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall or logged in to the internet digital concert hall to see the Berliner Philharmoniker perform their first concert of the season. This premier performance was broadcast free of charge in excellent audiovisual quality on Deutsche Bank's homepage. Sir Simon Rattle conducted an exciting program with Berlioz's Symphone Fantastique and Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra as well as a premiere piece of a work by Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer.

It was such an exciting evening, a first for me but hopefully not the last. I have not seen Simon Rattle since he was near here in Birmingham – many moons ago – but seeing this was like being live in a concert hall. What a wonderful evening – especially the Berlioz!

More photos of the event are on Flickr:
The Digital Concert Hall makes it possible for internet users to experience the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concerts from anywhere in the world. To sign up for their concerts visit:

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