Salonen in London

The Philharmonia Orchestra of London is recording Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” with a distinct difference. In an effort to put the listener at the center of the experience, 28 high definition cameras are spread around the orchestra as they play, including four mounted on the heads of musicians.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra’s new music director, originated this idea and found the foundation support for the project. “Being inside an orchestra, experiencing the sensation of 101 players taking on this iconic music is one of the biggest adrenalin rushes, and one that I want to share with the world,” explains the maestro.
‘RE-RITE Be the Orchestra’, which opens November 3 at the Bargehouse at London’s South Bank complex, has every section of the orchestra performing Rite of Spring simultaneously in an exhibit occupying the four floors of the warehouse. The public can sit in various orchestra sections and even take up the baton and control sections of the orchestra as they play.
Salonen, having created from scratch in Los Angeles one of the most sophisticated audiences for new music in America, could be starting to widen the perspectives of Londoners.


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