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 'The Planets', the filmed performances 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 picture-in-picture 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. This blu-ray includes a bonus 'Making of' documentary and listening guides for each planet.
An intensely dramatic performance of Holst s The Planets by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, complemented ideally by Joby Talbot s Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity, features on a technically ground-breaking disc (...) First-rate picture quality ... and sound enhances the viewer s enjoyment still further. --International Record Review
One can also watch the performance with commentaries (...) These insights would be particularly valuable not only to newcomers to the score - who can also access spoken introductions to each movement - but also to professionals...Talbot has great fun with Holst s massive orchestra, to which he adds further instruments (meditation bowls, a massive rack of crotales) and instrumental effects (timpani glissandos, stopped horns and various modern trumpets mutes) to conjure up a grandly impressive movement...There are not many musical works that could stand up to this degree of close scrutiny, but fortunately The Planets is one of them. --MusicWebInternational