There are now even more LSO concert recordings to enjoy from the comfort of your own home thanks to Digital Theatre, adding to the Orchestra's ever-growing collection on the online platform.
Digital Theatre is an on demand service that specialises in delivering arts content. Acquiring, filming and distributing the very best in captured live entertainment, the team work in partnership with some of Britain’s leading arts organisations, including the LSO, Royal Opera House and English National Ballet. Their use of cutting-edge technology means that recordings retain the drama and emotion of their original production, ensuring that nothing is lost and allowing for a fully immersive and authentic viewing experience. In 2009 they founded Digital Theatre+, a world-class learning hub for English and Performing Arts that provides over three million students across the globe access to hundreds of live captured productions – including those of the LSO – and educational resources.
The first of the LSO’s new releases on Digital Theatre pays homage to American composer Leonard Bernstein, coinciding with this year’s #BernsteinAt100 celebrations; conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, he is joined by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, who steers her audience through the changing characters and moods of Bernstein’s Serenade. Pappano’s programming also highlights two of classical music’s most influential Nordic composers, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. Opening the concert with The Oceanides, Sibelius’ tone-poem commissioned for an American music festival, Pappano leads a hefty orchestra including triple woodwind, two timpani and a pair of harps. The concert closes with Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony The Inextinguishable, a ferociously passionate work written against the backdrop of the First World War.
Also newly available on Digital Theatre is Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed performance of Ravel’s Boléro. The composer's most famous orchestral work originates in a ballet commission and was premiered at the Paris Opéra in 1928. Taking inspiration from Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia suite, this fiery showpiece is one of Ravel's final works and highlights the Spanish influences and passion that pervade so many of his compositions.
These two new productions add to the LSO’s impressive collection on Digital Theatre; there are currently twelve other concerts available on the platform, each captured live in HD at the Barbican Hall, conducted by the likes of Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Tilson Thomas.
There are currently two ways to view recordings on Digital Theatre: for unlimited access to all current and future productions, users can subscribe to the service for £9.99 per month; alternatively, each production is available for online rental from £7.99.
To browse the LSO’s catalogue on Digital Theatre, and for more information about the platform and its services, visit: https://www.digitaltheatre.com/consumer/productions/music