Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst’s The Planets Suite, captured in High Definition by 37 cameras. This immersive experience takes the viewer to the heart of the Philharmonia as they perform this well-loved piece, using cameras placed in a multitude of positions and angles to create an extraordinary glimpse of the orchestra at work from within. As well as Holst’s The Planets, the filmed performance also includes a new commission by UK composer Joby Talbot, Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity.
Additional features include a ‘Making of’ documentary feature, listening guide films for each planet, audio commentaries from conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and principal players of the Philharmonia, and (for Blu-ray only) a bonus view option that allows a simultaneous view of the conductor and orchestra in action.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is committed to bringing classical music to new audiences in creative and exciting ways, and to this end has become a technological trailblazer in its adoption and adaptation of new technology. In 2010 the Re-Rite project allowed members of the public to experience Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for the first time from within the orchestra through audio/visual projections. Their ‘Universe of Sound’ project from which this release stems debuted at the Science Museum in London last year, and is set to tour the country in new installations during 2013.
BRD25 – Region Free
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1
A deal of information is contained here and the release would be invaluable to younger students of the score or those planning to conduct it for the first time … Filming and recording of the performance are both state-of-the-art – Gramophone
Personally I can admit that the work was opened to me in a totally new telescopic perspective after browsing through the DVD with all its extra contents – YLE
By far the most interesting feature is where five of the orchestra’s players talk through this impressively played performance: all of them are meanwhile shown together in split-screen, their comments subtitled and colour-coded so you easily know which is which. Their voice-overs are a mine of information, both intriguing and entertaining, about what’s involved from their angle – Sinfini Music