The orchestra enters the 21st Century
By Chris Van Hof ~ Posted Thu, 05/07/2009 - 8:57am
The Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall is probably the coolest and most ingenious thing I've seen to disseminate Classical Music in my lifetime. I fail to find a negative aspect to this new launch. For about $13 a concert, you can watch the Berlin Phil live, or have any concert available for two days to view as often as you like. Or for about $200 you can subscribe to the whole season, which includes documentaries, educational programs, artist profiles, and of course every concert. Plus, it's all filmed in high-definition and with digital sound.
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It's like the MET at the Movies, but in your own home in your pajamas. My question is: when will more orchestras and even smaller ensembles get on board with this? As an avid Hulu user and admitted addict to free online streaming, I would gladly pay $200 for a year's worth of Berlin Philharmonic on my computer. I'd pay for other groups, too--if they were available.